‘Nurturing Cooperatives as institutions for developing agri & allied activities’

ZIRO, Nov 28: A five-day training programme on “Nurturing Cooperatives as institutions for developing agriculture and allied activities (RKVY-TP-03) was inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner Kemo Lollen at the premises of Arunachal Pradesh State Weavers Cooperative Federation Ltd, Hapoli here today.

While addressing the participating co-operators from Lower Subansiri, Upper Subansiri, Kurung Kurmey and Kra-Daddi, the DC called for utmost unity amongst the members and said, “Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members. Common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations of the members can be fulfilled through jointly owned democratically business enterprise. Therefore, a good understanding and unity amongst its members is a primary requisite.”

Calling for planned activities based on local area potentials and needs, he said, “A planned development on local area potential and needs of different members ensuring viable business activities is the key to success of a cooperative society. The member participation and trust would increase if they produce visible and tangible benefits for members, overweighing the costs involvement.”

The DC further said that although the land holding size in Arunachal Pradesh is small, every inch is highly fertile. Right from exotic fruits like kiwi to spices like large cardamom are grown abundantly in the state. Medicinal plants and wide range of seasonal fruits like pineapples and oranges are also produced profusely. However, lack of marketing facilities has so far discouraged entrepreneurs and co-operators in the agriculture and horticulture sector,” he added and urged the officials from National Cooperative Development Cooperation (NCDC) to take up the matter with the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, GoI.

S C Takur, Advisor, NCDC in his address provided insights and details of the purpose of the training. Terming Ziro as the strongest base of the cooperative movement in entire Arunachal, he expressed hope that the five-day training will strengthen the movement and improve investments for better returns. Ashok Pillai, Director, NCDC (Topic Centre), Gurgaon and Sudarshan Biswas, Deputy Director (Regional), NCDC, Guwahati also spoke on the occasion.

Progressive farmers Taper Gongo, Kago Kampu, Isha Gameh and L Joram also shared their experiences and difficulties in availing bank credits and unavailability of marketing linkages. The training programme sponsored by Union Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare is being conducted by NCDC, Topic Institute, Gurgaon.

Besides awareness on the cooperative movement, developments and possibilities for enhancing production and productivity in agriculture, animal husbandry, fisheries and allied sector, process and possibilities of obtaining assistance under RKVY, techniques to evaluate need based projects etc will be dealt in detail during the five-day programme. (DIPRO)

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