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International Women’s Day celebrated in ICAR-ATARI with International Flavour

8th March, 2019, Ludhiana



ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana celebrated International Women’s Day, 2019 with full fervour in which more than 100 innovative and progressive farm women from Punjab, Haryana, Jammu, Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand participated. During the programme, a workshop on “Empowering rural women for addressing agricultural air pollution and one health” was also organized in collaboration with International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) & International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). Dr. G.S. Khush, World Food Laureate was the Chief Guest of the workshop. During the programme, an exhibition was also organised in which farm women from different part of Zone displayed their products and materials.


Dr. G.S. Khush, in his inaugural address thanked the farm women who have come from faraway places to exhibit their ventures and participate in this workshop. He said that balancing home and work is a herculean task and Indian women are competent enough to handle the balance. He stressed that women should take care of their own health, as the women usually look after the health of entire family while neglecting their own. Further, he emphasized the role of balanced nutrition for good health and encouragement of farm women will strengthen the pathway of prosperity.


 Dr. Arbinda K. Padee, IAS, Director Country Relation and Business Affairs, ICRISAT, New Delhi expressed his happiness to see the convergence among the national and international institutes. He also discussed about the two products ‘Healthy Snack’ and ‘Smart Breakfast’ based on sorghum and millets developed by ICRISAT which are beneficial for the health of the family. He further said that the institute is working towards preventing malnutrition and degradation of environment.


Dr. M. L. Jat, Principal Scientist, CIMMYT emphasized on gender empowerment for agricultural transformation and promoting climate smart agriculture. He illustrated the technological interventions which reduce the agricultural air pollution and enhancing gender sensitivity in mitigating climatic risks.


Earlier, Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana briefed the house about various activities carried out by the KVKs of Zone-I for the empowerment of farm women. He said that the knowledge of healthy diet is very important for women, as they not only plan their own diet, but also of the family. He spoke about the efforts of the institute in reducing the agricultural air pollution, as the stubble burning in Northern part of India is severely affecting the soil and human health. He further said that woman can do anything and everything, provided they have self belief.

The participants shared their experiences and highlighted the issues of concern for the dignity of women. About 20 innovative farm women and entrepreneurs were felicitated during the programme.