On-campus Programmes held during ‘Technology Week for Women in Agriculture’

In continuation of the three off-campus programmes of ‘Technology Week for Women in Agriculture’ celebrations of DRWA, about 110 farm women from Guptapada, Haridamoda, Suila and Goriapokhori villages in Odisha, had an exposure visit to the Institute on January 25, 2014. During this on-campus field visits, they were exposed to different technological models developed by this Institute in farming system approach which includes, crop husbandry, horticulture, livestock, fisheries, farm machinery and home science, which can enhance their livelihood. They also participated in the interactive session with the Scientists of this Directorate, and enriched their knowledge and clarified their technical queries.
In the concluding day on January 27, 2014, about 400 farm women from different parts of Odisha had an exposure to the technologies developed by this Directorate as well as other ICAR institutes viz., CRRI, CARI, CHES, CTCRI, DWM, CIFA and a public sector undertaking Paradeep Phosphates Ltd. (PPL), who had exhibited their technologies during the programme. They also attended an interface with the experts from different fields of agriculture.

The valedictory session was presided over by Dr. Neelam Grewal, Director, DRWA. Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor of Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT), Prof. Dr. Manoranjan Kar participated as Chief Guest and distributed prizes to the winners of knowledge debates conducted during the three off-campus programmes. The new website of DRWA was also launched by the chief guest during the programme. Earlier, Dr. Sabita Mishra, Senior Scientist delivered the welcome address. Dr. J. Charles Jeeva, Senior Scientist presented a brief report on ‘Technology Week for Women in Agriculture’ celebrations. Dr. Suman Agarwal, Principal Scientist proposed the formal vote of thanks.


All the participants showed enthusiasm in the activities undertaken and were appreciative of the efforts of the DRWA. The ‘Technology Week for Women in Agriculture’ celebrations of the Directorate, consisted of three off-campus and two on-campus programmes created a significant impact on the enrichment of technological knowledge of farm women, which will result in their livelihood enhancement in the long run.