NABARD general manager Dr. U S Saha and Manager G. Thangchinkhup paid a visit to Tuensang district from May 5-7 and reviewed various developmental projects funded by NABARD through Eleutheros Christian Society (ECS) Tuensang.
The developmental programmes implemented through ECS are SHG (micro finance projects), Integrated Wadi based Projects in 8 villages, Rural Marketing Sheds (in Chendang Saddle and Noksen).
Under micro finance programmes NABARD sanctioned `21.50 lakh under revolving fund assistance and SHG bank linkage programme.
Interaction SHG members were held on May 6 in Tuensang town Baptist Church with a large gathering of 352 SHGs, among whom 4 SHGs are of people living with HIV.
The SHGs are formed into 14 ‘Edous’ (in Chang dialect) or SHG federations. The groups formed by ECS in the year 1998, have now a saving corpus of `2 crores and a cumulative loan disbursement of more than `6 crores to the affiliated SHGs.
Dr. U S Saha officially launched a new programme by introducing 30 Joint Liability Groups. A package for economic prosperity and entrepreneurship would be devised for HIV+ SHGs as per NABARD Schemes/Programmes.
The officials also visited Wadi Project in Hakchang and Momching funded by NABARD covering 500 families for integrated development of the tribal areas.
In his address to the farmers and village council members, Dr. U S Saha said in just three years the project was estimated to yield around 2000 MT in the first year alone and as such the ‘wadi/onglak’ farmers should begin planning for marketing and processing the produce.
He also urged the villagers to stop practising jhum cultivation and look for alternative livelihood as the traditional practice is adversely affecting the environment and cause soil degradation, erosion, water run off and denudation of forest.
On the May 7, the general manager inaugurated a Rural Marketing Unit measuring at Chendang Saddle.
21 farmer’s clubs promoted by the Chang Baptist Church Association, interacted with GM for their role and prospects. During the tour, officials from Nagaland SCB and SBI also accompanied and discussed with the rural farmers on banking schemes which could be available for farmers, SHG, JLG, etc., particularly the GoI sponsored schemes under animal husbandry.
Dr. Chingmak Kejong, secretary of ECS while appreciating the role of NABARD for its development initiatives, urged for expansion of such activities and introduce new package of development as well in Tuensang district.