Contributions by women in farming sector have been long ignored for long. It’s time, we as a society give due credit to their contributions, not only to the family but as a society on the whole, urged Dr. Bhimaraya Metri, Director Indian Institute of Management Nagpur (IIMN) while addressing a special online capacity building programme jointly organized by IIMN and ICAR-Central Institute for Women in Agriculture.
“Agriculture is the future of the planet and we as experts in the field of management, research need to take initiative to equip and train women with the advancements in farming and help them come out as role models,” Dr Metri strongly felt. He was addressing experts during an online interactive session on ‘Éntrepreneurship development in agriculture and allied sectors’. There is an urgent need to tap limitless opportunities cropping up in the farming sector. Turn farm product into agriculture business which in turn will raise the success bar for the farmers, he added.
Anil Kumar, Director ICAR-CIWA, was all praise for the help extended by IIMN-InFED in organizing the three-day workshop for their scientists and technicians. He said that the workshop had offered all the participants a very different perspective towards farm management and contribution of women to it. “Now, we at ICAR-CIWA are more equipped to help women farmers carry out enhanced agricultural practices,” Anil Kumar added.
Dr Shivaji Dhawad, COO, InFED, IIMN, informed that InFED along with CIWA is involved in transforming women farmers into micro entrepreneurs. Prof Som Sekhar Bhattacharyya, faculty Strategy And Entrepreneurship IIMN, was one of the resources person for the workshop. Dr. Sachidananda Swain was the coordinator from ICAR-CIWA for this capacity building programme.