KHUPA, Aug 7: To mark the 75th year of India’s Independence - ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, ICAR-KVK Anjaw has distributed millets thresher to the Mosai Women SHGs of Kibithu, the easternmost circle of the district, in a bid to reduce the drudgery of farm women and increase the productivity of local millets by value addition and marketing.
In Kibithu, farmers grow millets in purely organic conditions. Millets are climate resilient crops and designated as nutri-cereals. However, the cultivation of millets is declining due to low production and high manual operation causing drudgery, especially in women. Farmers face the problem of threshing, marketing and value addition that can be resolved by forming ‘Anjaw Millets Grower Association’, suggested Dr Santosh Kumar, Head (i/c) KVK.
The KVK Anjaw initiated a holistic approach to promote millets production by introducing improved variety and distribution of thresher to reduce drudgery, he said. The processing and marketing is another bottleneck for the Anjaw agri commodity. Therefore, branding was also encouraged to the members of women SHG. At the end of the programme, millets thresher sponsored by ICAR-VPKAS, Almora was distributed, and processing and branding were demonstrated to the SHG members.