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Two Phase Training Program on “Advances in rice production for women farmers” – DBT supports women farmers: Future leaders of agriculture

IRRI workshop
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“.

  • DBT supports a two phase training program on “Innovations in rice farming technologies”, for women farmers from across India.
  • 35 Women farmers from 7 states attended the training program in the Phase I.
  • 4 women farmers were from the Aspirational Districts of Karnataka (Raipur) and Assam (Darrang).
  • Women farmers were provided with hands-on training in mechanization and scientific technologies related to rice cultivation.
  • The training included an exposure to budding entrepreneurs; sustainable business for women farmers in rice industry – nursery business, service provision models for machines.
  • Management and leadership – rice and seed production planning, financial management and leadership for management.
  • In the Phase II, eight women farmers out of 35 farmers to undergo advanced training at Los Banos, Philippines.

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:

  • Swarupa Rani, Ganjam, Odisha
  • Lakshmi, Koppal, Karnataka
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    Training Lecture at Bhubaneswar
  • Dusi Annapurna, Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh
  • Saheli Das, N 24 PGS, West Bengal
  • Kaki Praveena, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh
  • Arpita Jana, N 24 PGS, West Bengal
  • K. Sujatha, East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh
  • Mahuya Jana, N 24 PGS, West Bengal
  • B. Sri Venugopa Laxmi, East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh
  • Priyanka Maity, N 24 PGS, West Bengal
  • S. Lalita Reddy, West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh
  • Bhupinder Kaur, Ludhiana, Punjab
  • CH. Satyavathi, West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh
  • Karmjit Kaur Banis, Ludhiana, Punjab
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    Visit to Institute
  • Venkatalakshmi, West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh
  • Laxmi Rawat, Chamoli, Uttarakhand
  • Kamallama, Yadagiri, Karnataka
  • Kamla Bisht, Chamoli, Uttarakhand
  • Nandamma, Shorapur, Karnataka
  • Savita Chauhan, Rikhad, Uttarakhand
  • Eramma, Raichur, Karnataka
  • Nirma Negi, Chakrata, Uttarakhand
  • Girijamma, Shahpur, Karnataka
  • Ranjana Kukreti, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
  • Mallamma, Raichur, Karnataka
  • Bornali Boruah, Sivasagar, Assam
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    Field Visit
  • Laxmi, Raichur, Karnataka
  • Jamuna Dutta Baruah, Bongaigaon, Assam
  • Priyanka, Koppal, Karnataka
  • Lilawati Boro, Darrang, Assam
  • Bhagya, Koppal, Karnataka
  • Amiya Devi, Nagaon, Assam
  • Gangamma, Koppal, Karnataka
  • Manurama Bania, Dhemaji, Assam
  • Vanajaxamma, Koppal, Karnataka

The Women Farmers who represented the aspirational districts:


  • Mallamma, Dist. Raichur
  • Eramma, Dist. Raichur
  • Laxmi, Dist. Raichur


  • Leelabati Boro – Boro Chuba, Vill. Gelaidingi, Dist. Darrang, Assam – 784146

The Training program was organized to outline all the aspects of rice production, providing skills for entrepreneurial

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Field Visit
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:

  • Dusi Annapurna, Koppal, Andhra Pradesh
  • S. Lalita Reddy, West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh
  • Lakshmi, Raichur, Karnataka
  • Priyanka Maity, N 24 PGS, West Bengal
  • Ranjana Kukreti, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
  • Jamuna Dutta Baruah, Bongaigaon, Assam
  • Lilawati Boro, Darrang, Assam
  • Bhagya, Koppal, Karnataka