CSIR-CFTRI’s rural initiative empowers a village

After conducting a survey in Puttegowdanahundi village, the institution has held awareness programs for farmers, started a papad-making unit in the village, donated water filtration units and an adulteration test kit to the village
 Puttegowdanahundi , an agrarian village which is around 25 Km from Mysuru city was selected by CSIR-CFTRI for empowerment under the Rural Development programme.
Initially, CSIR doctoral students interacted with local people and devised a strategy for intervention with the participation of Self-Help Group (SHG), Farmers group and Teachers of Government Upper Primary School and Anganwadi of the village.

Awareness programme for farmers on new super food crops such as quinoa and Chia was held initially. Useful agrarian practices were shared by students and scientists with farmers for growing these crops successfully.
Earlier, CSIR-CFTRI had facilitated a sustainable model for Chia cultivation in the Mysuru region. The Institute is willing to bring these farmers also under this arrangement. Practically there was no organised post-harvest processing in the village.
A few of the housewives are involved in making Papads at their home and sold it locally. The Institute found an opportunity for empowering by establishing a Papad Manufacturing Unit. Training was arranged to two of the SHG Members in the Institute.

A leg-operated Papad making machine (CFTRI design) and dough mixing machine were bought from the machinery suppliers. The team conducted a survey of the village and a suitable place was identified for establishing the unit.

A brief function was arranged recently at Puttegowdanahundi, in which the machines were physically handed over to the SHGs by Prof Ram Rajasekharan, Director, CSIR-CFTRI.
The entire village consisting of farmers, SHG members, teachers, caretaker of anganwadi, students, and village representatives were present.
Also water filtration units, developed by another CSIR laboratory, CSIR-Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology, Bhubaneswar, were handed over to representatives of school, anganwadi and SHG in the function.
The school was also provided with laptops for enhancing the ICT education. An Adulteration Test Kit was donated to the school to create awareness among children on food safety. Later, CFTRI Team demonstrated the functioning of the kit before the students and teachers of the school.

The Leg operated Papad Processing unit at the site. Prof. Ram Rajasekharan, Director, CSIR-CFTRI is also seen.
Prof. Ram Rajasekharan, Director, CSIR-CFTRI addressing the gathering during the Village Empowerment Function at Puttegowdanahundi.

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