A workshop on ‘Women in agriculture’, conducted here on Sunday by the Gender Studies Centre of Kerala Agricultural University (KAU), has recommended setting up a consortium on gender resources for the farm sector.

This will promote women-inclusive technologies, skill development, policy reforms and women entrepreneurial development in agriculture and allied sectors.

Major partners

The KAU, Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS), and the Kudumbasree will be major partners in this venture.

The consortium will tackle issues related to access to credit.

Manufacturing unit

The workshop also recommended setting up in KAU a large-scale unit for manufacturing machines for small farms.

The concerns of women from non-BPL families, health problems prevalent among women and food security issues will receive attention.

KAU Vice Chancellor Dr. P.Rajendran presided over the valedictory session. KUFOS Vice Chancellor B. Madhusoodana Kurup and K. B. Valsalakumary, Executive Director of Kudumbasree, were present.

KAU Forestry Faculty Dean K. Sudhakara; S. Ramkumar, Director Entrepreneurship of Veterinary University; Sudha Nair, Task Force Member of Department of Science and Technology; Annamma Simon, Lead Bank Manager; Anitha Sivaraman, Deputy Director of Agriculture; Geetha Kutty, Professor of Gender Studies Centre, and P. Indira Devi also spoke at the workshop.

‘It will promote women-inclusive technologies, skill development and policy reforms in agriculture and allied sectors.’