Forty women from different districts of Bihar, India participated in a modern rice production training designed to equip them with skills and knowledge and empower progressive women engaged in rice-based agri-food systems. Modern rice production technologies was organized by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in partnership with Bihar Agricultural University, Sabour under the Climate-Resilient Agriculture Project of the Bihar State Government.
Held on 24 to 26 August at the IRRI South Asia Regional Centre in Varanasi, the training and capacity development and exposure visit recognizes the contribution of women who make up more than 50% of the total workforce in farming activities in Bihar. However, women farmers often lack the knowledge and skill sets and need to be capacitated to accelerate production, increase their productivity and income, and hasten climate change adaptation and disaster risk management in agriculture.
Through the training, the participants learned best-bet packages for climate-resilient and sustainable rice production, quality seed production and storage, direct-seeded rice as an alternative crop establishment method, site-specific nutrient management, water management strategies in rice cultivation, harvesting and post-production practices for rice, rice-value addition, and the role of women in agriculture and rural development.
The women also acquired knowledge in mechanization and postharvest practices, natural farming, and multiple low-cost bio inputs for improving soil carbon and fertility.
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