Recognise women farmers, demands Kalanjiam’s Ponnuthayi

At a time when the state is getting ready to present its maiden agriculture budget, members of Kalanjiam, women farmers association, on Wednesday, urged to recognise women farmers and provide benefits similar to those being extended to men.
Recognise women farmers, demands Kalanjiam’s Ponnuthayi
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“In Tamil Nadu, only those who own farmlands are recognised as farmers and all benefits such as kisan credit card are extended to them. Our association has more than 20,000 women members, but only less than 10 per cent of them own lands owing to the large chunk of women who undertake farming are not recognised. The state should recognise us and should provide land for farming for long lease and to provide benefits to women farmers,” said Ponnuthayi, president, Kalanjiam women farmers association, while addressing reporters in Chennai.
Ponnuthayi also said that since the state is preparing to present its first independent agriculture budget, the association has submitted host of recommendations and one of the key recommendations is to include climate-resilient cereals in menu of midday meals and also in Amma canteens. “About 47 per cent of the children in India are malnourished and if cereals are provided to them it will be eradicated,” added Ponnuthayi.

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