JAMMU: Under the able guidance and leadership of Prof. J.P. Sharma, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu, a five days training programme on “Empowering (capacity building) of women through livestock farming” begins at Division of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, SKUAST- Jammu, R.S. Pura w.e.f. 17th -21st May 2022. This training programme is being sponsored by National Commission for Women (NCW), Govt. of India, New Delhi under their capacity building programmes.
Prof. M. S. Bhadwal, Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, R.S. Pura was the chief guest on the occasion. In his address, he congratulated the trainees (30 in numbers) for being selected for this training programme who have come from Suchetgarh, an Indo-Pak border village. He informed the trainees about the different theoretical and practical classes to be undertaken in five days. Prof. Bhadwal was of the view that dairy animals are an important source of income, food, and nutritional security; and their further improvements in the productivity through scientific management, will substantially improves the well-being of smallholder dairy farmers by enhanced income from dairy enterprises. He emphasized upon the trainees to learn the various aspects of dairy farming, vermicomposting, cow dung log making and value addition of milk in such a way that they could start their own enterprise.
At the outset, Dr Pranav Kumar, Training Coordinator and Assistant Professor, Division of Veterinary & Animal Husbandry Extension Education welcomed the chief guest and participants and gave brief introduction about the training programme. He said that dairying in India is a female dominated enterprise. It is established beyond doubt that women always participated in dairy and animal husbandry activities in addition to their daily household chores. Women play crucial and significant role in livestock rearing, but their contribution in livestock rearing has not been given the due place they deserve. They always remain invisible workers. Keeping above points in view National Commission for Women (NCW), Govt. of India, New Delhi has sanctioned twelve numbers of (5 days each) training programmes in the financial year 2022-23 exclusively for empowering rural women through trainings and capacity building in livestock farming. This programme was the first in series.
Dr. S.A. Khandi, Dr. Dibyendu Chakraborty and Dr. Rizwan Jeelani (training co-coordinators), media persons from print & electronic media and post graduate students of the division were also present in the inaugural session.Prof. Kamal Sarma, Convenor of training programme cum Head of Division, Veterinary & Animal Husbandry Extension Education extended vote of thanks, while proceedings of the programmed was coordinated by Dr. Pranav Kumar.