WCD to celebrate women farmers, boost organic culture in India, says Maneka Gandhi (PHOTO: PTI)
To empower rural women and promote organic farming and entrepreneurs, the Women and Child Development Ministry is organising an organic culture festival, Union minister Maneka Gandhi said.
The fifth edition of the Women of India Organic Festival will be held from October 26 to November 4 at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts.
"The move aims to empower women to boost organic culture and promote women organic farmers and entrepreneurs," Maneka told reporters.
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The WCD minister said over 500 women entrepreneurs from across the country would be participating in the 10-day-long festival. They will have the opportunity to exhibit and sell their organic products such as cereals, rice, pulses, skin-care products, fabric and jewellery.
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"It is a matter of great satisfaction for me that the ministry's efforts ultimately boost these illustrious rural women's local communities and economy by creating jobs and keeping farmers thriving in addition to spreading awareness about the benefits of organic products," Maneka said.
The first of its kind Vegan Project will also have food court with cooked-on-site delicacies.
The festival aims to make women self-reliant and set in a revolution of organic culture, a senior WCD official said.