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Insights Daily Current Events, February 18, 2014

February 18, 2014

By- DEEPA M

National-

Training to Women Engaged in Agriculture Sector

  • Support to States Extension Programme for Extension Reforms-The latest agricultural technologies are imparted to farmers including women farmers through exposure visits, demonstration, Kisan Melas, mobilization of farmers groups and setting up of farm schools. 30% of beneficiaries the Scheme have to be women farmer
  • Promotion and Strengthening of Agricultural Mechanization through Training, Testing and Demonstrations and Post Harvest Technology & Management– training is provided to the farmers including Women Farmers through State Government and Farm Machinery Training & Testing Institutes
  • Cooperative Education & Training and Assistance to National Cooperative Development Corporation for Development of Cooperative Programme– Under these projects, women are organized into Self Help Groups to help them to develop thrift habits. Women are also provided training to equip them to undertake income-generating activities with the help of their own resources or by borrowing from cooperatives and also marketing the produce in local market and by organizing fair and exhibitions
  • National Horticulture Mission– Women are organized into Self Help Groups and farm inputs     and technological & extension supports are provided to make women self-reliant.
  • National Food Security Mission (NFSM) – Under Crop Diversification programme farmer’s training is organized for all categories of farmers including women for adopting scientific crop production technologies.  As per NFSM guidelines, at least 30% of the funds is to be earmarked for women beneficiaries/farmers
  • Development and Strengthening of Infrastructure Facilities for Production and Distribution of Quality Seeds– The objective of the Scheme is to develop and strengthen the existing infrastructure for production and distribution of certified/quality seed to farmers including women farmers. Implementing Agencies/States have been requested to allocate sufficient funds and also ensure participation of women in Seed Village Programme.  For effective transfer of seed technology, training programmes for the farmers including women farmers are organized on field to upgrade the quality of farmer saved seeds.
  • National Watershed Development Project for Rainfed Areas (NWDPRA) – Women living in the watershed area are mobilized into Self Help Groups and Users Groups of Women.  The Guidelines have been revised in favour of women so as to ensure all the perspectives and interests of women are adequately reflected in the watershed action. Plan
  • Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs): of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) organizes training programmes for farmers and farm women on various aspects of agriculture including farm equipments/ implements/ tools and machinery
  • Support to Training & Employment Programme for Women (STEP)- objective of extending training for up-gradation of skills and sustainable employment for women through a variety of action oriented projects which employ women in large numbers
  • Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojna (MKSP)-  sub – component of the National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) to meet the specific needs of women farmers and achieve socio-economic and technical empowerment of the rural women farmers, predominantly small and marginal farmers. The primary objective of the MKSP is to empower women in agriculture by making systematic investments to enhance their participation and productivity, as also create and sustain agriculture based livelihoods of rural women

 

Bio-Toilets in Gram Panchayats

Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for implementation of bio-digester/bio-tank based eco-friendly toilets developed by DRDO, in Gram Panchayats

NBA (Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan) guidelines shall form the basis for the project including the financial incentive that would be the same for the bio-digesters toilets as provided for in the NBA guidelines