NABARD holds a District Level workshop on Agri-Clinics & Agri-Business

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NABARD Kupwara Feb 19BARAMULLA : NABARD on Wednesday organized a daylong workshop on Government of India Scheme on “Agri Clinics and Agri Business Centres-ACABCs” at Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), SKUAST, Wadoora. The workshop was held for the twin districts of Baramulla and Kupwara. The workshop was aimed to sensitize agriculture and horticulture graduates from these districts for establishment of Agri-Clinics and Agri-Business Centres.
Addressing the workshop District Manager NABARD, Rouf Zargar said that the purpose of ACABCs was to support agriculture development besides creating gainful employment for agriculture graduates and extending extension services to farmers. He said that the loans for an amount of 20 lakh to 100 lakhs could be sanctioned for setting up these units under ACABC scheme.
Giving more details about the various activities by NABARD in the field of Agriculture, DDM NABARD, DS Khanagwal said that NABARD has set up various funds for various activities under farming such as Farmer Technology Fund, Farmer Innovation Technology Fund for various modern farming techniques and crop practices. Besides this he also gave brief information about various Government Sponsored Schemes being implemented by NABARD.
The detailed PowerPoint presentations on ACABC were given by scientists and subject matter experts from SKUAST. The workshop was attended by a large number of Agricultural Graduates and progressive farmers of Kupwara and Baramulla district. All the district officers from Agriculture, Horticulture Sericulture and Information Department were present on the occasion, besides the district coordinators of J&K Bank, JK Grameen Bank, BCCB and RSETI also attended the workshop. The workshop was held in coordination with Krishi Vigyan Kendra Wadoora.
Programme Coordinator KVK, Dr Tariq Shah applauded the role of NABARD in the field of Agriculture, He said that KVKs have a long association with NABARD towards the upliftment of Agriculture and related activities. He said KVK Kupwara has already started to mobilize the farmers towards formation of Farmers Clubs under NABARD Scheme and soon they would be made operational once approved. The role of various departments, banks and other agencies in the field of agriculture was also appreciated.