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CropLife India Salutes the Spirit of Women Farmers

CropLife India, an association of both Indian and Global R & D driven crop science organizations, and the leading voice of the plant science industry in India, celebrated the Women’s Day by an event - “Naaritva ka Utsava.”

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Around 400 women farmers participated from the nearby villages of Fazilka
Around 400 women farmers participated from the nearby villages of Fazilka

The celebrations aimed to recognize women farmers' invaluable contributions to agriculture and economic development. The training was provided on the safe and responsible use of agrochemicals, as well as the identification of counterfeits, both of which are essential for crop protection. The program was organized with the help of EFFORT, implementing NGO partner of CropLife India at Abohar, District Fazilka, Punjab.

Around 400 women farmers participated from the nearby villages of Fazilka. Dr. Mandeep Kaur, Additional Deputy (General), Fazilka presided the function. Dr. Rekha Sood Handa, Principal, Gopi Chand Arya Mahila College, Abohar; Maya Devi, Agriculture Inspector; Des Raj Kamboj (Panel Advocate) District Legal Services Authority, Fazilka; Naresh Kamboj, (Para- Legal Volunteer) District Legal Services Authority, Fazilka; Gauri Sacheva, Head - Sakhi Kendra Central, Fazilka (Social Security Women & Child Development) along with Rupinder Kour, Subject Matter Specialist KVK ICAR-Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering & Technology (CIPHET), Navdeep Kour, Child Development Project Officer Abohar and Gagandeep Kour, BDPO Khuian Sarwar, District Fazilka, Scientists from Krishi Vigyan Kendra were present during the occasion.

Commenting on the occasion, Dr. Mandeep Kaur, Additional Deputy (General), Fazilka said, “As the theme of International Women’s Day ‘23 is ‘DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality’; we salute the spirit of womanhood as women are the real architects of society. Women have been contributing in multitude of activities of farming, which necessitates the knowledge transfer of crop protection technology. Moreover, as iterated in an African proverb - if you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a nation.”

“CropLife India is calling on fellow food and agriculture stakeholders across India to #EmbraceEquity and work towards women empowerment to achieve sustainable and equitable food systems and rural development”.

International Women’s day special program “Naaritva ka Utsava” provided a platform to these women farmers where they were felicitated for their hard work & achievements in agriculture. From seed sowing to harvesting, women are part of almost all activities, yet sadly their access to resources is less than male farmers.

The event focused on inspiring these women to produce safe & healthy crops by using genuine crop protection products, detecting Counterfeit, Spurious, Substandard and Unregistered/Unlicensed agrochemicals. Women shared their achievements, experiences & challenges faced on the field as farmers.

The program was conducted with various activities like mushroom processing, kitchen garden activities, food processing, waste management, integrated pest management & cultural performances by women to motivate, educate and make them aware of their own potential and abilities.

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