Women contribution in farming vital to rural economy: Dir Agri Kashmir

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SRINAGAR: Terming participation of women in agriculture and allied wings “a good sign”, Director Agriculture Kashmir, Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi on Monday said that women are active in agriculture and allied wings like Apiculture, Mushroom cultivation, poultry, etc. and “their contribution to the rural economy is vital”.
He said that women make upto 60-70% of field workers, organisers, and field managers in agriculture sector and that it is encouraging to find educated women also participating in urban agriculture. He also held an interactive session with women farmers and women self-help groups from district Srinagar & Baramulla, an official handout read.
He said the department is focusing on self-help groups and that women-centric efforts would add some more dimensions in their activities.
He was speaking at the inaugural function to celebrate Women Farmers’ Day on the eve of International Day for Rural Woman, here at Agriculture Complex, Lalmandi.
According to the handout, Andrabi said the main purpose to mark this day was to celebrate and acknowledge the crucial role that women play in ensuring the sustainability of agriculture sector.
Andrabi said the department is trying to ensure that women become part of the mainstream agriculture and contribute towards doubling the income of their families. He asked the concerned officers to develop a roadmap for strengthening the women self-help groups, the handout read.
He ordered the concerned officers to organise special skill-based training programmes for women farmers and women self-help groups so that they could excel in special branches and allied wings of agriculture, it read.
The function was attended by women farmers, women self-help groups from district Srinagar and Baramulla and concerned officers of the department. Similar functions were held in different districts of Kashmir division.