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Extension, Economics and Statistics

Introduction

Extension Section serves the women target groups by providing latest technologies to increase the livelihood status of the farm women and to lead quality life. It sincerely organizes various extension activities to acquaint them with latest technologies .It also takes care to conduct various capacity building programmes for gender sensitization among various stakeholders and to bring a change in the knowledge, attitude and skill of farm women. Four scientists are working in the section having specialization in Agriculture Extension, Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Statistics.

Activities/thrust areas

  • Gender based assessment of agricultural programmes, policies and institutions.
  • Database development and knowledge management.
  • Capacity building of stake holders and gender sensitization for engendering agricultural research and extension.
  • Development of TOT models for farm women.
  • Development of rural agro-entrepreneurship among farm women.

 

Home Science

Introduction

The Home Science Section focuses to conduct researches which involve multi-disciplinary knowledge and lead to refining practices of women in agriculture by developing scientific and technical skills for self-actualization and betterment of family and community in today’s changing world.

The team of Home Scientists includes from different disciplines of Home Science namely, Foods and Nutrition, Human Development, and Family Resource Management.

Activities/thrust areas

  • Promotion of food and nutritional security among farm families.
  • Drudgery reduction of women in agriculture.
  • Entrepreneurial development of rural women Self-help groups.
  • To assist in the Coordination of the All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on Home Science.

 

Horticulture

Introduction

Horticulture can potentially play vital role in making women economically active and in countering malnutrition. Since this sector possesses greater scope for diversification. Now women are perceived as a determining factor for restructuring of horticulture, increase in women’s participation either as self-employed or as wage workers in economically active activities will be a small step towards gender mainstreaming. Moreover, the sustainable horticultural production system will act as a tool to minimize the gender and knowledge gap, enhancing profitability, and making the system economically viable and in turn improving the livelihood of farm women.

Activities/thrust areas

  • Livelihood and nutritional improvement of tribal farm women through horticulture.
  • Horticulture-based farming model including hi-tech horticulture for entrepreneurship development of farm women.
  • Postharvest handling, value addition and drudgery assessment in horticultural crops.
  • Involvement of the farm women in the conservation of the biodiversity.

 

Farm Machinery and Power

Introduction

A Sub center was established at CIAE campus, Bhopal as DRWA Sub centre in1996. This centre was shifted to DRWA, on 08-09-2011 and merged with main institute. Now this section is functioning at DRWA main campus with the availability of necessary infrastructures. As per the mandate of the institute, researches are carried out to test appropriateness of available farm-technologies for assessment and reduction drudgery of farm women.

Activities/thrust areas

The main activity of this section is to develop as well as modify farm tools & equipment with women perspective for drudgery reduction of farm women. This section also conducts training for creating awareness about drudgery reducing implements among various stakeholders. Recently maize dehusker cum sheller operated by hand has been developed by this section which accepted by the women farming community. A project under RKVY is on the process of implementation by this section.

 

Livestock and Fisheries Section

Activities/thrust areas

  • Identifying gender issues in the livestock and fisheries sector for gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment.
  • Collecting evidences of women’s empowerment through action research at farmers field in livestock and fisheries sector.
  • Gender focused assessment and refinement of Livestock and Fishery technologies.
  • Identifying policies and programmes which promotes women’s empowerment.

Facilities

  • The Section has over 20 varieties of fodder crops in its Fodder Demonstration Block for creating awareness among women farmers regarding importance of green fodder in livestock production.
  • There are seven ponds at the farm for demonstration of the importance of aquaculture for livelihood improvement of rural women.
  • There are 33 (check) tanks for demonstration of ornamental fish culture for income generation of rural women.
  • The section has a well equipped lab with necessary equipments to carry out the basic research

 

Crop Science

Introduction

The crop Science Section is looking after the gender issues on crop production and crop protection aspects.

Activities/thrust areas

  • Cropping models to address family nutrition and household needs.
  • Testing and refinement of crop production technology which reduce the operational drudgery, efficient in utilization of natural resources like water, sunlight and land and generate more income for livelihood of the family.
  • Eco friendly/integrated pest management for safe food production in gender perspective.

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