Kudumbasree is implementing the Centrally aided scheme

The district Kudumbasree Mission has launched the Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojna (MKSP), a Centrally sponsored project for empowering rural women farmers, in the district. The project is being implemented in association with the Agriculture Department, Krishi Vijnan Kendra (KVK) at Ambalavayal, and local bodies.

“We are planning to provide training programmes in various aspects of joint farming such as improving productivity of various crops, practical training in modern farming implements, scientific application of fertilizers and pesticides, conservation of seeds, marketing and overall farm supervision,” Kudumbasree Mission district coordinator P.P. Muhammad told The Hindu .

Organic pesticides

Apart from this, the members will be trained in the production, distribution and marketing of organic pesticides. “As part of the programme, 21,000 members of the 3,568 joint liability groups (JLG) of the Kudumbasree Mission will be provided one-day training. The 26 Community Development Societies (CDS) under the organisation will be divided into five clusters and an 18-day training programme has been planned,” he said.

The one-day training programme was launched here on Tuesday. As many as 685 master women farmers have been selected for the implementation of the project. Experts from the KVK and Agriculture Department will train them for two days.

A two-day technical training will be provided to presidents and secretaries of the JLGs. The training programmes will begin on Friday. “We are planning to utilise 2,500 hectares of leased land for group farming though JLGs this year as against 1,250 ha last year,” Mr. Muhammad said.

Thirteen farmer facilitation centres had been functioning in the district to assist JLGs and the number would be doubled by the end of December. Produces of the JLGs would be procured and marketed by the Kudumbasree though its weekly markets.

  • Training in various aspects of joint farming

  • Plan to utilise 2,500 ha for group farming