SASRD programme on empowering women

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 10/19/2020 12:25:09 PM IST

School of Agricultural Sciences and Rural Development (SASRD), NU, Medziphema campus, under the initiative of dean, SASRD, NU, prof. Akali Sema, conducted an online programme to celebrate “mahila kisan diwas”, under the theme “empowering women through agriculture”.

A press release by SASRD stated that special guest, SP, Noklak, Dr. Pritpal Kaur highlighted the various potential areas that women in North East can venture into and excel.

In the first session, assistant professor, department of Rural Development and Planning, NU SASRD, Dr. Mary N. Odyuo spoke on, “overview of women in agriculture”. She presented on her research work which portrayed the current status and scenario of women in rural areas and said that there was still a huge gap which had to be bridged to bring women in these areas to their full potential.

While speaking on “horticulture as lucrative enterprise for women”, assistant professor of Horticulture. 

The third session was taken by subject matter specialist (Horti), KVK, ATARI zone VII, Tuensang, Dr. Shisarenla Aier on the topic, “floriculture an emerging tool for women empowerment” where she highlighted various aspects of floriculture, its uses, demand and scope for women to generate income and sustain their livelihood. 

In the fourth session, scientist, Horticulture (ARS) & secretary, women cell of ICAR research complex for NEH region Meghalaya, Dr. S. Ruth Assumi presented on various successful women in the history of India who won prestigious awards on agriculture and allied sectors and motivated women folks.

Speaking on the topic, “agribusiness & women empowerment”, proprietor, green line enterprise agri clinic & agri business centre, Mokokchung, Bendangjungla spoke on various agri businesses functioned by women across the region. She mentioned about agri clinics and its importance as many people were focusing more on production and marketing. She said that it was a sector that had very high potential to generate income and sustain livelihood.

Meanwhile, NU, SASRD, Dr. Sentirenla Jamir focused on various aspects of horticulture that can be ventured into by women and made into income generating business, while block technology manager, ATMA, Chizami block, Phek, Zevosenuo Rutsa spoke on the topic, “Role of SHG/FSG for economic upliftment”.

Earlier, programme was chaired by Akali Sema, who also gave an opening remark. Tsarila Sangtam pronounced invocation and vote of thanks was delivered by STINER, SASRD NU, Dr. Sentirenla Changkiri. Interaction was conducted where it was proposed that more of such programmes on women empowerment may be conducted. Altogether, 182 participated in the programme.


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