TRAINING IN NURSERY RAISING, FODDER DEVELOPMENT AND RAISING FRUIT SAPLINGS
There is concrete evidence that women in several countries around the world are taking significant roles in sustainable agro-horticultural practices. There is also an increasing belief that development policies that do not involve women and men alike will not, in the long run, be successful. Even though there is a growing awareness of the need and importance of making women contribute to economic welfare of the family and society and planning of activities related to the sustainable development of their communities.
In addition to unrestricted exploitation of natural resources, unsound agricultural practices have had devastating effects on the environment and on people’s health and quality of life. Women and children have been particularly affected.
In order to provide livelihood opportunities to the rural women and to improve their living conditions, CPREEC implemented the project in Kunnam Panchayat in Kanchipuram district in Tamil Nadu. Kunnam panchayat in Sriperumbudur Taluk in Kanchipuram district is basically engaged in agricultural activities. The women are involved in agricultural activities and earn a living through the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) of the Government of India.
Objectives of the project
- Strengthen the links between agriculture, skill and other sectors of the rural economy
- Provide entrepreneurial and skill training and other support to on and off-farm and other non-primary production activities.
- Develop sustainable ways to add value to agro-horticultural products locally and regionally.
- Establishment of agro-horticultural activities related to sustainable revenue generation cycles, while respecting the rights of rural communities.
- Encourage the use of land resources in a sustainable manner.
- Promote gender equality as well as take measures to achieve equal opportunities for women
Topics covered in the training
- Fundamentals of Agro Ecology
- Different types of plant propagation
- Fodder crop requirement and development
- Sustainability of agro-horticultural activity
- Rural economy and revenue cycles
- Nutrition for healthy life
After the plants attained the required growth in height and ideal for the livestock to consume, the women beneficiaries were provided with a sickle to harvest the fodder. The women beneficiaries harvested their hard work of labour and piled the collected fodder. . The collected fodder was given to the Blue Cross of Kanchipuram for their fodder requirements to feed the livestock maintained by them.