4th December, 2012, Gualidiha, Cuttack
Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Santhapur, a unit of Central Rice Research Institute(CRRI), Cuttack observed the “Women in Agriculture Day” on 4th December, 2012 at Gualidiha village of Tangi-Choudwar block of Cuttack district, Odisha on the theme “Empowering farm women in rice processing.” The morning session started with a discussion on “Gender role, needs and priorities in rice processing.”Sixty farmwomen from Gualidiha, Gurujang and Chatabar village participated in this session.
Three hundred farmwomen from nearby villages, 25 women trainees from Jharkhand and women scientists from CRRI attended the afternoon session. Addressing the gathering, Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, CRRI emphasized on the role of women in agricultural development. While expressing concerns for the health of farm women, he highlighted mechanization of post harvest operations such as winnowing, threshing, drying, parboiling etc. that will reduce drudgery and have less negative effects on health of farmwomen.
Smt. Nayana Mohanty, a woman leader in organization of self help group and cooperatives addressed the meeting as chief speaker. She narrated her experiences and motivated the farm women to form self help groups and join hands to tide over capital shortage and earn more income.
A leaflet in Odia language entitled “Dhana amala o prakriya karana re byabahruta bibhinna jantrapati” was released and circulated among the farmwomen. Prizes were given away to the women who successfully participated in the brainstorming session by the Chief guest and Chief speaker.
(Source: CRRI, Cuttack)