Celebration of International Women’s Day 2021 at ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai

The International Women’s Day was celebrated with full zeal at ICAR-CIRCOT by observing the current year’s theme adopted by ICAR i.e. “Women Leadership in Agriculture: Entrepreneurship, Equity and Empowerment”.

The Institute arranged the live streaming of the virtual program held at ICAR Head Quarters at New Delhi  where Hon’ble Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Shri Parshottam Rupala and Shri. Kailash Chaudhary along with respected Dr T Mohapatra, Secretary DARE & DG, ICAR and other dignitaries were present.

It was followed by Institute program which was held in both online as well as offline mode.

Dr. (Smt.) Sujata Saxena, Director, In-charge in her welcome address congratulated all the women staff members and opined that on this occasion every woman must reflect upon the struggles she underwent and achievements she got and think of the ways how she can further contribute to the development of herself, her family, her workplace and society.

Dr A K Bharimalla, Senior Scientist & Head, I/c. T.T.D. PI & CEO: CIRCOT R-ABI gave a brief presentation on ‘Role of CIRCOT R-ABI in Evolving Women Entrepreneurship with Agri-startup Ecosystem’. He accentuated on the transformative shifts of woman from 3 Ks (Kitchen, Kid,Knitting) to  every modern sector of today. He also asserted that the women’s success can be attributed to their untiring hard work, perseverance, determination, confidence and most importantly their urge to do something in life.

A book entitled;Empowering Women Leadership through Agri Start-ups: CIRCOT-R-ABI Initiative’ was released virtually to mark the achievements of women agri-entrepreneurs enrolled with CIRCOT-R-ABI.

On this occasion, virtual presentations of following five successful women Agri-Startups of CIRCOT R-ABI were arranged to share their entrepreneurial journey;  

  1. Mrs. Prerna Sude, M/s. Divyang Creations, Latur, Maharashtra
  2. Ms. Apoorva Bajaj, M/s. Medicon, Gulbarga, Karnataka
  3. Mrs. Manjula Deshmukh, M/s. Prafulla Winery & Hospitality Pvt. Ltd., Kolhapur, Maharashtra
  4. Ms. Ashwini Jadhav, M/s. Sambru Agro Industries, Kolhapur, Maharashtra
  5. Ms. Manjusha Patil, M/s. Mystic Herbals, Sangli, Maharashtra

All the presentations received accolades. They were felicitated for their outstanding performance.

Around 150 staff members (Headquarter + regional stations) attended this program on virtual mode.