The cultivable land for agriculture is shrinking due to increase in population pressure, urbanization and industrial growth. The livelihood of rural families is centered on agriculture and allied activities and in the villages of eastern India most of the households possess a small piece of land besides their home. To ensure dietary diversity and household nutritional security to the landless farm families ICAR-CIWA Bhubaneswar team comprising of Dr Tania Seth, Dr Arun Kumar Panda & Er Chaitrali Shashank Mhatre has developed the technology of “Women Friendly Multipurpose Integrated Vertical Nutri-Farming System (IVNFS) for vegetable production with mushroom and poultry”. The low-income families can meet their needs for vitamins, minerals and plant protein through regular access to nutrient rich vegetables, mushrooms, eggs and meat using this system effectively. It increases farmwomen’s resilience to climate vulnerability and offer subsidiary source of income from the sale of small surpluses to the resource poor farm families. Mr. Rajiv Ranjan, Director Operations & Authorized Representative, TANAGER, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh approached ICAR-CIWA for licensing of this technology. Hands on training on package of practices for production of vegetables, mushroom and poultry in the IVNFS technology was imparted to the entrepreneur on 18th April, 2023. A MoU was signed for handing over of IVNFS technology between ICAR-CIWA, Bhubaneswar and TANAGER, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. During the event, Dr Mridula Devi, Director ICAR-CIWA, Bhubaneswar assured the TANAGER officials that all possible technical support will be extended for the IVNFS technology as and when required.
Institutional Mechanism and Technological Backstopping to Promote Women Entrepreneurship in Agriculture
ICAR-Central Institute for Women in Agriculture, Bhubaneswar conducted a study in a cluster comprising two