The role of women in addressing problems of nutrition and in agriculture, and the importance of targeting them through outreach activities, was the focus of workshop here on Tuesday.

Inaugurating the 20th biennial workshop on the All-India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on Home Sciences at the University of Agricultural Sciences here, A.D. Kokate, deputy director-general, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, called for home science technologies to be implemented by transfer of technology centres to overcome nutritional problems. Scientists should motivate farm women with market-led extension programmes, with emphasis on timely supply of critical inputs backed by technical information and infrastructural facilities, he said. Vice-Chancellor R.R. Hanchinal pointed out that a majority of agricultural activities is managed by women.

 So, AICRP Home Sciences played an important role in building the capacity of farm women for effective management of agricultural activities, he said.   He called for women to be educated on secondary agriculture for minimising post-harvest loss.

D. Krishna Srinath, project director, DRWA, Bhubaneswar, presented the highlights of the project.

CDs and training manuals on home science were released. Eighty home scientists from nine AICRP centres are participating.