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Biotechnology based Programme for Women
In women sector large number of women including SHGs benefitted directly through biotech packages for floriculture, horticulture, cultivation of mushrooms, medicinal and aromatic plants, bio-fertilisers, organic farming, vermicomposting, sericulture, aquaculture, animal husbandry, poultry farming and making of bio-crafts. Several training modules were prepared for creating awareness on health, nutritional food preparations and agricultural practices. Significant achievements are listed below:


At Allahabad the women beneficiaries were trained on organic farming covering nutrient management through vermicompost, NADEP & other organic manures, use of bio-fertilisers, pest & disease management through bio-pesticides etc. The beneficiaries increased the area under organic cultivation from 27.36 ha in the 1st year to 40.52 ha in the 2nd year. Interested women farmers were also trained on mass production of NPV/Trichocard and were assisted in setting up their own production units.
Farmer community at Bilaspur and Kamrup districts of Himachal Pradesh and Assam respectively, were provided quality planting material of horticultural crops such as banana, papaya, pineapple and spice crops such as ginger, turmeric and large cardamom, educating them about scientific methods of cultivation, imparting knowledge on sustainable agriculture, demonstrating benefits of integrated nutrient management and encouraging micro-entrepreneurship among the farming community. The total area covered under cultivation of these crops was 462.2 acres. New varieties of potato were introduced and among them Pukhraj exhibited the highest yield followed by Chipsona and BJ-1. Intercropping pea with potato and arecanut with banana was also demonstrated.


A project on development of mangrove based agro aqua farming for restoration of Mangrove ecosystem and also for providing livelihood was supported at Andaman Islands. A large number of farmers have been trained on shrimp farming and its value addition. And a model plot has been developed at Sippighat brackishwater farm for training and demonstration purpose along with a shrimp nursery. In Tamilnadu nearly 200 coastal women were trained on crab fattening, aqua feed preparation and on value-added fish product development. 5 crab fattening pens were installed at 3 project sites and two farm model fish feed units were installed at two sites. 4 value added fish product development units were also established.

Animal Feed

At Kanyakumari, women were provided with the Azolla kit consisting of Azolla seeds, Silpaulin sheet minerals etc and were extensively trained on production of Azolla-based feed for poultry & livestock. This technology of Azolla feed production for poultry and cattle was transferred to a dozen local/state agencies.

Hybrid Seed Production

Women farmers were trained in TNAU, on hybrid maize seed production covering parental line sowing methods, detasseling, crossing, harvesting F1 seeds, processing and marketing. They were also trained on processing of maize for production of different value-added products. TNAU helped some of the women beneficiaries in marketing their products.

Prasad Kit

A unique programme was developed around major shrines by utilising local bio-resources for preparation of items of offerings at these places. A total of 15 projects were supported under this programme benefitting around 7000 women. A project at Dargah Ajmer Shariff, trained large number of women on use of post-offered rose flowers for production of value added products like rose water and scented materials generating additional employment opportunities for these women.


At Hyderabad, a survey was undertaken to understand the socioeconomic impact of early hysterectomy and women were also clinically examined for the adverse effects. Out of these majority had a persistent high FSH values and as they required estrogen supplementation, it was supplemented with phytoestrogen with soya flour, flax and seasame seeds in their daily diet to ameliorate the adverse effects of hysterectomy.
Recently nearly a dozen projects have been supported in the area such as pregnancy related complications, large scale cancer screening in rural areas, post-operative management of cancer patients and management of hypertension and diabetes through nutritional interventions.

Rural Bio-resource Complex

Seven projects were supported through State agricultural Universities to establish various technology packages in an integrated manner forming a bio-resource complex for women. Such bio-resource complex have been established at Udaipur, Bikaner, Dharwad, Jorhat, Wayanada (Kerala), Ludhiana and Coimbatore.

Reconstitution of the Task Force on “Biotechnology Based Programme for