On Women’s Day, Arunachal’s Tage Rita was awarded the Nari Shakti Puraskar for excellence in promoting women’s entrepreneurship. The award was presented by President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday.

An engineer by qualification, Tage Rita left her job to become an entrepreneur. She founded ‘Lambu Subu Food and Beverages’, Naara-Aaba “wine’ in 2016 in Lower Subansiri, Arunachal Pradesh. She was also awarded the United Nations Women Transforming India Award.

The Nari Shakti Puraskar was given to her for excellence in promoting women’s entrepreneurship and local product internationally. Her winery produces an annual capacity of approximately 60,000 liters of wine and has a turnover of Rs 4.5 crore.

The winery located at Hong Village Ziro had earlier successfully launched the first organic kiwi wine from the country and later added more flavors like Naara Aaba pear and plum wines.

The winery employs locals, right from collecting raw materials to the processing of wine. The young village boys help in plucking the fruit from trees and bringing them to the winery, while elderly women help in cleaning, sorting, and grading the fruits manually.

The Nari Shakti Puraskar is an initiative of the Ministry of Women and Child Development to acknowledge the exceptional contribution made by individuals and institutions and celebrate women as game-changers and catalysts of positive change in society.

Twenty-eight awards (14 each for 2020 and 2021) were presented to the 29 women in recognition of their exceptional work towards the empowerment of women, especially the vulnerable and marginalised.

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