The Project on Backward rearing of high yielding variety of Cherra Chambelli Duck and Giriraja fowl, implemented by the SIRD, Assam have become very popular in the villages. More than 35,000 women have already taken up backyard poultry farming since inception of the Project.
The then President of India, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam had a direct interaction with women members of SHGs whose quality of life has transformed through rearing of Chara Chemballi duck during his visit on 17 October’ 2006. After his visit to the village the President referred to the effort for economic empowerment of rural women through duck rearing in national conferences. An abstract is given below:
Address of the then President of India, Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam at the Summit of the Powerless, New Delhi, 20 November 2006:
“In Gumoria village in Assam, the self help groups are developing duck rearing practices based on inputs from agricultural specialists from Kerala with the initiative of the Assam Government. Pride was writ large on the women as they explained their accomplishments”.
Address of the then President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, at the dedication of the Laboratory for the Conservation of Endangered Species (LACONES), Hyderabad, 01-02-2007:
My Experience in Gumoria Village:
“When I think of Genetic research, I am reminded of my visit to Gumoria village in Assam where the self help groups members are developing duck rearing practices based on inputs from agricultural specialists from Kerala and with the initiative of the Assam Government. This has resulted in improving the economic conditions of the whole village by improving the duck productivity substantially.”
Mrs. Prathiva Debisingh Patil, Her Excellency, the President of India, during her visit to Assam, visited the SIRD Assam Exhibition Stall and interacted with members of SHGs producing diversified handloom products under special projects of SIRD, Assam. The President appreciated the efforts made by the government to encourage entrepreneurship among women. During the visit there was also present the then Governor of Assam, Lt Shiv Charan Mathur, Shri Tarun Gogoi, Hon’ble Chief Minister Assam, Dr. Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, the then Union Minister, Rural Development, Shri Chandan Brahma, Minister Panchayat & Rural Development Assam, Chief Secretary Assam and other dignitaries and officials of the Central and State Governments. Dr. Subas Pani, IAS, the then Secretary to the Government of India visited the campus of the IDEA on 10-10-2007. Appreciating the work done especially under SGSY programme, Dr. Pani suggested that the Assam model of training needs to be encouraged for its replicability and the IDEA campus of the SIRD could be developed as a Centre of Excellence for IT and skill development.
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