Promotion of Rural Women Self Help Group through
Dairy Development Project
Saturday, December 28, 2013
A PNASF team consisting of Dr. Prem Nath, Dr.
O.P Dutta, Dr. K.R.M. Swamy and Mrs. Divya visited
I.D. Halli on Saturday, December 28, 2013 and held
discussion with the beneficiaries at the premises of
the M/s Namadhari Agro Fresh Private Limited, I.D.
Halli. The objective was to review the progress and
process of implementation of the project. Most of
the beneficiaries or their representatives were
present except few.
Since inception, the project was operated under the
guidance of Dr. O.P. Dutta, the project coordinator.
The interaction between the PNASF team and
beneficiaries are summarized below;
Each beneficiary reported on the cattle
condition and status, milk production, and bank
account opened, as mentioned below.
- Thimmakka: From the original cow, she got 2
male calves and 2 female calves. One female calf
gave birth to a male calf (3 month old) and
yielding 4 liters of milk every day. The original
cow was dead.
- Rathnamma, Janakaloti: From the original cow,
she got 2 male calves and both died and 1 female
calf (1 year old). Presently the cow was giving 1
liter milk every day.
- Narasamma/Gangamma (Cow’s name Gowri): From
the original cow, she got 2 female calves, of
which one was conceived. The cow was giving 3
liters of milk per day.
- Narasamma (Manjula): Absent.
- Anjanamma: Her daughter Bhagyamma attended.
From the original cow, she got 2 male calves (both
died) and 2 female calves. Each of these female
calf gave one female calf. From one cow she was
getting 6 liters of milk per day.
- Lakshmidevamma: Her husband Narasappa attended
the meeting. From the original cow, she got 2 male
calves and one female calf. All have died. She has
purchased a new cow and got 2 female calves from
this cow; the first calf was 2 year old and the
second calf was 4 month old. The cow was giving 4
liters of milk every day.
- Lakshminarasamma, Hosa Itakaloti: To meet the
marriage expenses of her daughter, she has sold
off the cow. She is not in a position to buy a new
cow. Because of non-operation of SHG, she could
not get any assistance from it.
- Noor Jahan: Her son Shabbier attended the
meeting. From the original cow, she got 2 male
calves (both died) and 1 female calf (2 year old).
The mother cow was dead.
- Ashwathamma : Her son Madhu attended the
meeting. From the original cow, she got 1 male
calf and 2 female calves (3 year old and 2 year
old). The mother cow used to give 12 liters of
milk per day but presently yielding 2 liters per
- Rathnamma: Absent. It was informed that she
had left the village Hosa Itakaloti.
PNASF Team- Dr. O.P. Dutta, Dr. Prem Nath, Dr.
K.R.M. Swamy and Mr. Jayaplan during the project
meeting at I.D. Halli
All beneficiaries attending the project meeting
A group photo of all beneficiaries and visiting
PNASF team at M/S Namadhari Agro Fresh Private
Ltd, I.D. Halli
Beneficiary Ashwathama with her project cows
Beneficiary Anjanamma and her daughter Bhagya
with her project cows
Beneficiary Anjanamma with her proud cow
Based on the decisions of
the previous meeting held on February 18, 2011,
progress made by each member of the SHG at ID Halli,
was reviewed on 28th December 2013. The following
decisions were taken after the detailed discussion.
Prathinidhi-1 and Prathinidhi-2 of SHG elected in
the previous meeting neither conducted any meeting
nor opened SB Account on behalf of SHG nor collected
the contribution (daily/monthly) from individual
members. Therefore, Smt. Ashwathamma (Mr. Madhu’s
mother) and Smt. Anjanamma (Smt. Bhagya’s mother)
were elected unanimously as Prathinidhi-1 and
Prathinidhi-2, respectively w.e.f. 28th December
Since Prathinidhi-1 and Prathinidhi-2 were
illiterate; they will be assisted by her son Mr
Madhu (PUC) and daughter Mrs. Bhagyamma (SSLC)
respectively, for opening the Bank Account,
collection of monthly contribution from members and
crediting in the Bank. They will take the
authorization letters from their respective mothers.
Savings Account in the bank as agreed in the
previous meeting will be opened in the name of
“Kamadhenu Self Help Group” as agreed unanimously in
the previous meeting.
Mr. Madhu and Mrs. Bhagyamma assured that the SB
account will be opened in the bank and contribution
collected from individual members within a month’s
time. At the present Rs 100 per month will be
collected by Mr Madhu from each member and deposited
in the SHG Bank account. Mr Jayapalan will be
Dr. Prem Nath expressed satisfaction on the progress
of the project-cattle condition and status, milk
production, individual bank account opened except
the SHG Account.
The PNASF team visited the
house of two beneficiaries namely, Smt. Ashwathamma/Mr.
Madhu and Smt. Anjanamma/Mrs. Bhagyamma and
inspected the project cows maintained by them.
Smt. Aswathamma – The mother cows and calves totally
five were very healthy and the beneficiary had own
cultivation and could provide adequate feed. The
beneficiary was satisfied with cattle and was proud
to have project assistance.
Smt. Anjanamma – The mother and cows totally six
were in good health and happy with the project
It is planned that as soon as the Kamadhenu Self
Help Group is formally established and becomes
accountable, the PNASF will hand over the project to
the SHG for its operation.
High Value Vegetables in Southeast Asia –
Production, Supply and Demand, (SEAVEG 2012)
January 24-26, 2012, Thailand
Participants during SEAVEG 2012
The Department of Agriculture (DOA), Thailand; Asian
Vegetable Research and Development Centre (AVRDC),
Taiwan; ASEAN-AVRDC Regional Network (AARNET)
Vegetable Science International Network (VEGINET)
supported by P. N. Agricultural Science Foundation (PNASF)
and Horticultural Science Society of Thailand (HSST),
jointly organized the Regional Symposium: High Value
of Vegetables in Southeast Asia – Production, Supply
and Demand held during January 24-26, 2012 at Lotus
Hotel Pang Suan Keaw, Chiang Mai, Thailand. More
than 200 participants from about 25 countries
namely, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia,
Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Lao PDR,
Malaysia, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal,
Netherlands, New Zealand, Palestine, Philippines,
Portugal, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, USA, Vietnam
attended the Symposium. The maximum number of
participants was represented from Asia.
Dignitaries at the dais during SEAVEG 2012 Inaugural
The inaugural session was presided over by Dr.
(Mrs.) Mantana Milne, Deputy Director General,
Department of Agriculture, Government of Thailand
and the Chief Guest on the occasion was Mr. Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant Director General and Regional
Representative, Asia and the Pacific; and the Guests
of Honour were Dr. Prem Nath, former FAO Assistant
Director General and Chairperson, VEGINET and Dr.
Jacqueline d ’Arros Hughes, Deputy Director General, AVRDC and
Dr. Suwit Chaikiattiyos, Director,
Horticultural Research Institute, Bangkok.
On this occasion, the welcome address was delivered
by Dr. Prem Nath, opening remarks were given by
(Mrs.) Mantana Milne and the Symposium activities
report was presented by Dr. Suwit Chaikiattiyos.
The Keynote address entitled “Growing Role of
Vegetables in Food and Nutrition Security and Income
Generation in Asia” was delivered by the Chief
Guest, Mr. Hiroyuki Konuma, whereas the inaugural
address entitled “The Nourished Millennium: How
Vegetables Put Global Goals within Reach” was
presented by Dr. Jacquiline d’ Arros Hughes’.
During this session, the VEGINET International Award
2011 for outstanding research and development was
presented by the Chief Guest, Mr. Hiroyuki Konuma to
Prof. Joao Carlos da Silva Dias, Technical
University of Lisbon, Portugal.
The technical sessions consisted of the
Session 1: Seed to Harvest
- Germplasm, Breeding, Crop Improvement
- Integrated Pest Management
- Crop Production and Cropping Systems
Session 2: Harvest to Table
- Human Nutrition, Marketing Economic and Value
Session 3: Vegetables for Sustainable Development
- Urban Horticulture, Climate change, Country
About 53 oral papers and 34 poster papers were
presented. Among the invited papers were: Urban and
Peri-urban Agriculture and Vegetables by Dr. Prem
Nath (India); From farm to table- how to reduce
insecticidal residues in vegetables to WHO’s
standard – a proposal to Asian Government by Dr. M.
L. Anothai Choomsai (Thailand); Emergence of
Whitefly transmitted geminiviruses: A major threat
to vegetable production in Southeast Asia by Dr. Anupam Varma (India); Comparison of cultivation
systems for Asian leafy vegetables and herbs in
greenhouse by Prof. Michael Boehme (Germany);
Potentials of acquatic vegetables in Asian diet by
Prof. K. V. Peter (India); Improving the Supply
chain management of vegetables through group action
of farmers and contract farming: The Indian Context
by Prof. P. G. Chengappa (India); Urban
hydroponics-facts and vision by Prof. Wilfried H.
Schnitzler (Germany); Trend of horticultural
research particularly vegetables in India and its
regional prospects by Dr. H. P. Singh (India);
Transgenic vegetables for Southeast Asia by Prof.
Joao Carlos da Silva Dias (Portugal); Importance of
Food Safety in Vegetable production and Supply chain
by Dr. Shashi Sareen (Thailand).
During the Closing Session, the Plenary Speeches
entitled “USAID’S Agricultural Research Strategy and
the Role of Horticulture by Dr. John E. Bowman (USAID)
and ‘The Water, Energy, Food and Nutrition Security
Nexus: UNSGAB’s Message to UN conference on
Sustainable Development (Rio Blus 20)” by Dr. Olivia
La O’ Castillo (UNSGAB) were delivered.
Roundtable discussion during the SEAVEG 2012 in
Chiang Mai, Thailand
During this session, a lively roundtable discussion
moderated by Dr. Robert J. Holmer (AVRDC) with
Dr. Prem Nath, (VEGINET), Dr. Jacqueline d ’Arros Hughes
(AVRDC), Dr. Olivia La O’ Castillo (UNSGAB),
Dr. Grisana Linwattana (DOG) and Dr. John E. Bowman (USAID)
on dais and all participants in the audience, was
At the Closing session, the General Assembly of
the SEAVEG 2012, recommended that the second SEAVEG
and the second ICV (International Conference on
Vegetables) be held together during early 2014. It
may be noted that the first ICV 2002 was held during
November 2002 in Bangalore, whereas ICH-2009
(International Conference on Horticulture) was held
in November 2009, both organized by PNASF.
Before concluding the closing session the
following awards were presented to participants;
PNASF Award-Outstanding leadership in organizing the
- For Outstanding leadership in organizing the
SEAVEG 2012 to Dr. Robert J. Holmer (Thailand) by
Dr. Olivia La O’ Castillo, Member, United Nations
Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and
Sanitation (UNSGAB), Manila, Philippines.
- For Outstanding leadership in organizing the
SEAVEG 2012 to Dr. Grisana Linwattana (Thailand)
by Dr. Olivia La O’ Castillo, Member, United
Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on
Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB), Manila,
- Outstanding contribution in Vegetable Research
and Development was presented on 24/01/2012 to
Prof. Joao da Silva Dias (Portugal) by Mr.
Hiroyuki Konuma, ADG, FAO RAP, Bangkok
- The Best Oral Paper of SEAVEG 2012 was
presented to Dr. Allan P. Bacho, (Philippines) by
Dr. Jacqueline d ’Arros Hughes, DDG (Research),
It was conceived and approved by the
General Assembly of the ICV-2002. The VEGINET has
been launched on 1st November, 2003. The Launching
Paper is attached for information and membership
contribution. The concession rate membership fee is
applicable upto April 30, 2004 only.
- A book entitled "Food Security and
Vegetables - A Global Perspective" with 29 papers by
the international authors of repute was published
and released in March, 2004. The book is available
on sale with the PNASF.
- A book entitled “Vegetable Crops – Improvement and
Production” authored by Dr. Prem Nath, Dr. V.K.
Srivastava, Dr. O.P. Dutta and Dr. K.R.M. Swamy
published by the Prem Nath Agriculture Science Foundation, Bangalore on November 18, 2007 at the
Gandhi Krishi Vigyan Kendra (GKVK), University of
Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore. The book is
available on sale with the PNASF.
- A book entitled “Foods and Nutrition” authored by
Dr. K.G. Ahuja, Dr. Prem Nath and Dr. K.R.M. Swamy
and published by PNASF and Studium Press, New Delhi
was released by Shri S.A. Ravindranath during the
International Conference on Horticulture (ICH-2009)
was held in Bangalore, Karnataka State, India during
November 9, 2009. The book is available on sale with
the Studium Press, New Delhi.
- A book entitled “Horticulture and Livelihood
Security” prepared by PNASF, edited by Prem Nath and
P.B. Gaddagimath and jointly published by Scientific
Publishers (India), Jodhpur and PNASF, Bangalore on
September 25, 2010 at Raj Bhawan, Bangalore. The
book is available on sale with the Scientific
Publishers (India), Jodhpur.
Women Development - 2006
The PNASF has received funds to develop and
implement the field project on capacity building on
income-generation among the women of poor rural
The PNASF has received grants to award
scholarship to women students for pursuing MSc/PhD
in agriculture and food sciences.
- The PNASF awarded plaque to the recognized
senior agricultural scientist Padmashree Dr. M.Mahadevappa during the International Workshop on
Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture held on June 29 –
July, 02, 2005 in Bangalore.
- The young agricultural scientist award to Dr. S.K.
Malhotra of National Research Centre on Seed Spices,
Ajmer was awarded PNASF Gold Medal for his
outstanding contribution on seed spices during the
SYMSAC-II Current Trends in Onion, Garlic, Chillies
and Seed Spices held on November 25, 2005 in Pune.