In an endeavour to empower women farmers, the backbone of Indian agriculture, the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India in partnership with International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Bhubaneswar under the International Component of the Biotech-KISAN program have conducted a two phase training program on “Advance in Rice Production for Women farmers“.
Phase I: Bhubaneswar, India, 26th June – 1st July, 2018
Technology innovations in Rice farming – an exposure to women farmers from India was held from the 26th June – 1st July 2018 at Bhubaneswar, under the Biotech – KISAN scheme. 35 women farmers were trained on scientific technologies related to rice production in India.
35 Women farmers who attended the training workshop at Bhubaneswar:
The Women Farmers who represented the aspirational districts:
The Training program was organized to outline all the aspects of rice production, providing skills for entrepreneurial development and farm management, and developing skills for women to work with other farmers and rice industry organizations. The key element of the program is building competency in knowledge, in extension and in all practical dimensions of rice cultivation.
This ‘all women farmers’ training had participants representing the different agro-climatic zones of seven states of the country, from hilly state of Uttarakhand to dry land agriculture state of Andhra Pradesh. Although, they represented different cultures, languages and practices of farming but had one thing in common i.e., the art of traditional farming, legacy of their forefathers. They lacked the use of advanced technology and less labour intensive agricultural practices.
During the training, All the women farmers shared their farming experiences and practices of their respective states with each other. The team of researchers and experts made them aware of varieties of rice and their availability in various climate zones along with diverse techniques of rice cultivation to be used at different stages. Crop planning, stages of rice cultivation, pest and weed management, use of crop calendar, land selection, crop monitoring, Post harvest management, Seed management etc, were a few topics discussed in detail by the IRRI team.
A ‘Two day field visit’ was also conducted during the six day training program for hands-on “workshop” on various modern agricultural tools and techniques.
This training not only focused on the improvement in rice cultivation but served as platform for budding entrepreneurs helping them with service provision models for machines, nursing business etc. Overall, the training workshop’s purpose of making women self sustainable was a success as the women farmers worked upon their capacity to learn and took back home a sac full of experience and confidence.
Phase II: Los Banos, Philippines, 6th August – 10th August, 2018
As a part of the 2nd phase of the training session, 8 women farmers will undergo further training at Los Banos, Philippines from 6th to 10th August 2018, where advanced farming experiences and technological advancements will be shared with these women farmers in a five day course.
Eight Women Farmers who will undergo training at Los Banos, Philippines: