October 15 to be celebrated Women Farmer's Day every year
In order to empower the women farmers in India, the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has decided to celebrate 15th October of every year as Women Farmer's Day. A gender knowledge portal has been developed for women farmers in which the data and information related to women farmers have been displayed. Apart from this, the women have been linked actively with fisheries related activities like collection of fishery seeds, catch of small fishes, mussel, eatable oaster, collection of marine vegetation, fisheries marketing, fisheries processing as well as products development. They are providing training and micro financing for increasing their partnership and participation in fisheries sector so that their potentialities might be raised by organising them in a cluster resulting in a spirit of inspiration towards this end.
Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Radha Mohan Singh has said that it is imperative to provide financial help to women so as to strengthen women cooperatives in the country as there is great potential for the development and success of women cooperatives. He further said that if this movement continues, more and more women will be benefitted through women cooperatives. Singh briefed it on a national workshop on strengthening of women cooperatives, organised by National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) in New Delhi.
Agriculture Minister said that there is 1.2 billion population in India out of which about 70 percent reside in rural areas. Women play an important role from sowing to post harvest management. Only about 20,014 cooperatives are run by women out of the 8 lakh cooperatives in the country. The Ministry ascertains partnership of women in all of its schemes as well as its programmes and earmarks 30 percent funds for women.