ICAR- Indian Institute of Spices Research Kozhikode, Observed International Women’s day with a webinar highlighting the theme ‘Women Leadership in Agriculture: Entrepreneurship, Equity and Empowerment’.
Giving focus to women in agriculture sector and the incubation supports available under ICAR- institutions, ICAR-IISR urged more women to take up agripreneurship.
Dr. Sudha Mysore, CEO of Agri Innovative, who was the guest honour at the webinar, stressed the importance of women in agriculture and other sectors by pointing out the roles played by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Kerala Health Minister K K Shailaja Teacher during the pandemic time.
She also stressed the importance of choosing the right path to become a successful women entrepreneur. Many fail to succeed in agri start-ups as they try to innovate their way first before starting the business. But ICAR institutions support incubation support where tested and successful technologies are provided at a license fee to the entrepreneurs, she said.
The entrepreneurs can make use of the facilities at the institute, lab facilities and marketing support and this kind of model is very successful, she pointed out. Women can depend on this kind of support across 100 institute of ICAR, she added.The Institute organized the programme participating many women entrepreneurs along with Lakshmi Menon, a designer turned social entrepreneur.
Chief Guest at the function, Lakshmi Menon stressed the importance of social entrepreneurship for bringing in the much sought after changes in the society. What is important is to enhance the skills and once we upgrade our skills the challenges we face become our enablers, she stressed addressing the women’s day programme.
The changes should go beyond papers, she said while speaking about policy changes required for supporting start-ups and social entrepreneurship. Policies are there on one side but the main focus is given to IT sector and other sectors and required attention is not given to social changes, she said.Dr. J Rema, Director, ICAR-IISR presided over the programme. Women are highly qualified and they are highly skilled in multi-tasking, decision making and communication. More women should join agriculture start-ups to improve the agriculture sector in the country, she stressed.Many successful women entrepreneurs from different ICAR institutions shared their experience. Dr. T E Sheeja and Dr. S Arathi also spoke on the occasion.