The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh laid down the Foundation Stone of ICAR-CIWA Women Trainees' Hostel through E-plaque from ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack today. During the occasion, the Minister also visited the ICAR-CIWA Institute.
While interacting with the staff members of CIWA, Shri Radha Mohan Singh also encouraged the scientists to develop some women-friendly novel farming technologies. The Minister accentuated about the CIWA’s significant role in the upcoming Krishi Unnati Mela in motivating the nation’s women farmers through easy and innovative farming techniques.
He also urged the scientists to design a model of 1-2 acres of integrated farming with women-friendly technologies at the Institute's farm in order to help the farmers learn about managing their locally available resources scientifically. The Minister also highlighted about the importance of terrace gardening, urban horticulture, mushroom farming and value addition with special reference to banana fruit and pseudostem processing as successful enterprise for women groups.
Earlier, Dr. S.K. Srivastava, Director, ICAR-CIWA, Bhubaneswar welcomed the Minister. He also outlined the Institute’s mandate, achievements and activities and highlighted the CIWA’s role in mainstreaming women farmers for ensuring their empowerment.