National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), Nagaland Regional Office on December 29 launched four farmers’ clubs-- Sukusho Farmers’ club of Xelhozhe village, CCC Farmers club of Diphupar village, Progressive Farmers Club of Seithekema ‘A’ and Thito Farmers Club of Naga United Village in Dimapur district through the State Bank of India (SBI). The farmers’ clubs have been formed by SBI, Purana Bazaar Branch under farmers’ club programme of NABARD. Molungs Women and Child Welfare Society (MWCWS) Diphupar, Dimapur has been identified by NABARD as the facilitating NGO for these farmers clubs.
The inaugural function was held in the conference hall of Helping Hand Ministry in Naga United Village, Dimapur. M K Mandal, Deputy General Manager (DGM) NABARD, Dimapur inaugurated the farmers clubs in presence of Saikia, lead district manager, SBI, Dimapur; M K Lakra, Branch Manager, SBI, Purana Bazaar, Dimapur and a large number of farmers and functionaries of MWCWS.
Speaking at the function, Mandal stressed on amelioration of farmers’ conditions and explained the genesis of farmers’ clubs. He said India’s economy depends on agriculture and India’s economic development depends on the economic condition of the farmers.
Keeping in view the problems of the farmers, farmers club programme was introduced in the 1980s to improve the conditions of farmers by addressing four factors including dissemination of information of various schemes and projects of the central government and state government formulated for the benefit of farmers, transfer of scientific practice of cultivation/ modern technology in the field of agriculture and agri. allied activities, capacity building and training and institutional credit for the farmers. Saikia, in his address explained the benefit of the bank’s credit facility, specially of Kisan Credit Card (KCC). He advised members of farmers’ clubs to establish good relations with SBI by identification of prospective borrowers and supporting recovery of loans. Lakra informed members about the various functions of the clubs and requested to financially include the families of the four villages through opening of accounts with SBI.
MWCWS secretary Wangshikokla Jamir said the inauguration of farmers’ clubs in the area was a significant event and hoped that they would contribute substantially for the overall development of the four villages as well as farmers.
The programme was followed by a Base Level Orientation Training (BLOT) where information on routine and non-routine activities of farmers clubs, bank linkages and “dos and don’ts” of farmers’ club members were discussed. The chief coordinators of the clubs assured to give their best cooperation with the bank, supportive government departments, village authority and the facilitating NGO.