Women planting seed and starting the activity
In India, Agriculture employs about 80 percent of rural women. Empowering and mainstreaming rural women workforce in agriculture can bring paradigm shift towards economic growth. It will enhance food and nutrition security and alleviate poverty and hunger. Studies have shown that women have less access to inputs (seeds, fertiliser, labour, and finance), critical services (training, insurance) and organised markets when compared to their male counterparts. This inequality comes with a social and economic cost.
ICAR research revealed that the participation of women is 75 per cent in the production of major crops, 79 per cent in horticulture, 51 per cent in post-harvest work and 95 per cent in animal husbandry and fisheries. Their activities typically include producing agricultural crops, tending animals, processing and preparing food, working for wages in agricultural or other rural enterprises, collecting fuel and water, engaging in trade and marketing, caring for family members and maintaining their homes.
Seeds given to 4100 women in Alathur Block
Tamil Nadu State Rural Livehood Mission TNSRLM (Mahalir Thittam) in collaboration with VOICE Trust given seeds to 4100 women for raising Nutri Vegetable Garden in 39 panchayats of Alathur Block of Perambalur District. The Introduction of this programme was given by Mr.Julius Caesar theoder, Assistant Project Officer. Mr.Magasean, Block Machine Manager welcomed all in the event.
Mr.Karuppasamy, Project Director / Joint Director had explained about the nutrition levels in vegetables and greens. He asked the participants to intake more nutritive foods for better healthy generation. He demonstrate by sowing the seeds in the model land.
The Team of TNSRLM distributed the 10 varieties of seeds such as Papaya, Murungai, Bhendi, Cluster Bean, Ridge Gourd, Bitter Gourd, Snake Gourd, Broad Beans, Siru Keerai and Mulai Keerai.
Mrs.R.kavitha, Agriculture Coordinator of VOICE Trust explained about how sowing the seeds and how to prepare the land and how to raise the plants and she also explain about the organic inputs were given to the plants like Panchakavyam, Fish extracts, Vermi compost and Organic Manure.
In the end of the meeting the Team of TNSRLM Mahalir Thittam Block Coordinators Mrs.Anjugam, Mrs.Amala Jayaseelan, Mrs.Malathi with the help VOICE Trust Team of Mr.Karthikeyan, Mr.Prakash, Mrs.Victoria sowed the seeds into the farmers land and helped them to start the Nutri Vegetable Garden in their own land.
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Explaining the benefits of distributing the seeds
Their families are also a part of the activity