ICAR-CIWA, Bhubaneswar celebrated Rashtriya Mahila Kisan Diwas on 15 October 2023

Rashtriya Mahila Kisan Diwas was celebrated at ICAR-Central Institute for Women in Agriculture to recognize the enormous contribution and participation of farmwomen in agriculture. The theme of this year is “Millets: Empowering Women and Providing Nutritional Security”. At the outset, Dr. Mridula Devi, Director, ICAR-CIWA, welcomed all the delegates and participants to the programme. She explained about the importance of the day and highlighted the role of ICAR-CIWA in promoting techno-socio-economic empowerment of farmwomen. Dr. R. C. Agrawal, Deputy Director General (Agriculture Education) graced the occasion as Chairman. During his Presidential address, he appreciated and motivated the farmwomen nationwide for their immense contribution in biodiversity conservation, agricultural production, value addition and emphasized the importance of gender equity for sustainable development of agriculture. The Chief Guest of the event, Dr. Trupti Mohanty, Dean, College of Community Science, OUAT, Bhubaneswar in her remarks emphasized nutritional awareness among women farmers in developing Nutri-Smart villages. She expressed her views that women farmers can be an important stakeholder in the millet mission and promote millet production and consumption. Dr S. K. Sharma, Assistant Director General (HRM), ICAR New Delhi graced the programme as Special Guest. He elaborated that to mitigate the adverse effect of climate change, farmwomen must be aware about climate smart agricultural interventions. Additionally, women should help in community mobilization to adopt organic farming practices for sustainable agriculture. Dr. S. P. Adhikari, Former Vice Chancellor, Fakir Mohan University, Balasore, Odisha as Guest of Honour, in his address appreciated the role of ICAR-CIWA in shaping women agri-preneurship and suggested that the institute can support women agricultural graduates to develop agri-startup. On this event, 20 progressive women farmers working in agriculture and allied sectors were awarded for their outstanding contributions. The programme also comprised of Farmers’-Scientists Interface to update the farm women on sustainable agriculture techniques, crop varieties and farm management. During the occasion, an exhibition was also arranged to display nutri-dense crop varieties and food items by the women farmers from the MGMG/project villages. The event offered a platform for many farmwomen for sharing their achievements and experiences. A quiz competion was held in which 25 farmwomen were awarded with kit comprising of 8 types of seasonal vegetable seeds. Drone technology was also demonstrated for creating awareness among farmwomen about digital farming. The celebration was graced by more than 200 farm women from institute adopted villages and nearly more than 400 stakeholders and scientists of AICRP (Women in Agriculture) across India joined the celebration through digital mode.