Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru mentioned “You can tell the condition of the nation by looking at the status of women.” Indeed, our agricultural sector has faced several reverses due to ill-usage of chemical fertilizers, which can be circumvented by training farmers on organic cultivation and generating conducive steps for development of women to enable them to realize their full potential in socio-economic aspects pertaining agriculture. In fact, section 5.5 in “National policy for empowerment of women, 2001” describes the role of Women in agriculture stated as
In view of the critical role of women in the agriculture and allied sectors, as producers, concentrated efforts will be made to ensure that benefits of training, extension and various programmes will reach them in proportion to their numbers. The programmes for training women in soil conservation, social forestry, dairy development and other occupations allied to agriculture like horticulture, livestock including small animal husbandry, poultry, fisheries etc. will be expanded to benefit women workers in the agriculture sector.
A large section of women in rural sectors stay in household performing chores in the presence of their family members. When the men go to work and children go to schools, women-folk stay at home due to lack of access to social and economic household policies. Worse, this also represents a loss of traditional knowledge in farming and medical grounds. Hence, we believe that empowering these women for durations of 4-5 hours daily during working hours will provide them an opportunity to employment, education to modern farming and thereby disseminating this information to the next generations. In fact Mahatma Gandhi advised that, “If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate an entire family.”
Indirectly, such a mainstreaming process will result in development of women by providing them access to the outside world of economic, social and cultural aspects. This will also in turn lead them to better health care and quality education. While social changes take a while to root, we firmly believe such stance taken by Bijasu will slowly and steadily lead to equal socio-economic condition between men and women.