Itanagar| In a bid to bring technology to the doorsteps of the cultivators, the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has launched 20 farmers’ clubs in Diyun circle of Arunachal Pradesh’s Changlang district.
Farmers’ Club is a grassroot level informal forum. Such Clubs are organised by rural branches of banks, NGOs and KVKs etc. with support and financial assistance from NABARD for mutual benefit of banks and the farmers.
The objective of the programme is development through credit, technology transfer, awareness and capacity building. The emphasis of the programme is on increasing the income of the farmers by increasing the production and productivity by adopting appropriate technology, good agricultural practices, proper use of credit and marketing skills.
NABARD’s District Development Manager Kamal Roy advised members of the farmers clubs to work together to develop appropriate technologies and solutions to the problems of the farming sector.
NABARD supports farmers clubs for a period of three years with assistance for exposure visits, training through experts to encourage progressive farming methods etc.
To continue their functioning, after the period of 3 years, these farmers clubs are encouraged to start their own small savings.
While NABARD provides need-based assistance for the formation and maintenance of each club for the first three years, the sponsor agencies are expected to support after that, Roy informed.
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