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Krishi Vigyan Kendra trains 23 women in Amla candy preparation

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AKHNOOR: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Jammu organised a training programme for rural women on ‘Amla Candy as an income generation activities for rural women’ at village Nai Basti Sungal, Akhnoor where 23 women participated along with the progressive farmers of the area. The school dropout girls and women of the village were chosen as target group. The basic objective of the training programme was to upgrade the skills of women in fruit preservation.
During the training programme, Dr. Sheetal Badyal, Subject Matter Specialist, Home Science, SKUAST-J formally welcomed the rural women. In her address, Dr. Sheetal Badyal highlighted the important role of women in agriculture and allied activities to contribute in the income of family. She stressed on developing entrepreneurship among the rural women by adopting various vocations which may earn them money for themselves and explained Amla candy may be one of the enterprise which rural women can adopt and earn good money. Amla is available in plenty in their area as well as Amla candy is having good market demand due to many health benefits. She also motivated them to make Self Help Groups and lead and contribute in Nation’s development along with income at their house.
Poonam Abrol, KVK Jammu added village Nai basti is rich in horticulture crops like Amla, mango and citrus plants so they can make value added products like Amla Murabba, amla candy, juices and squashes. She elaborated on the process of Amla candy making and demonstrated the techniques using learning by doing method. Rural women participated enthusiastically in making of amla candy and showed their desire to adopt this activity as cottage industry. She quoted the example of various women who are at peak of success due to their hard work and endurance and motivated the rural women to come out from their home and develop entrepreneurship.

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