Itanagar: The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has urged upon the Arunachal Pradesh government to consider availing financial support from it under Rural Infrastructure Development Fund and Dairy Processing & Infrastructure Development Fund to create suitable infrastructure which can support the livestock sector to grow at a decent rate in the state.
NABARD Itanagar Branch General Manager Dr Gyanendra Mani while urging the state government to avail its funds also emphasized on the need to promote livestock based FPOs (farmer producer organizations) on a cluster basis in the state for developing the dairy sector & animal husbandry sector.
The NABARD GM was speaking at the state level sensitisation workshop on ‘Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme’ (DEDS), conducted by NABARD, Arunachal Pradesh Regional Office here on Tuesday for senior officials of state government, bankers and farmers.
The objective of the workshop was to create awareness about DEDS in the state, a press release informed here today. Dr Mani stressed on the importance of animal husbandry sector in general and dairy activity in particular in influencing the livelihood pattern of the rural population of the state. He stressed on the need to ensure implementation of DEDS & NLM schemes in a transparent way so that recovery of loan is ensured.
Animal Husbandry & Dairy Development Secretary Bidol Tayeng emphasized on the need for doubling of farmers’ income by 2022 wherein the dairy sector plays an important role.
Tayeng also outlined the state government’s commitment as reflected in this year’s Budget where sufficient fund allocations had been made for – white revolution, providing capital subsidy @ 50% to dairy/livestock farmers, to set up a high-tech cattle breeding unit in the State and revamping of Arun Dairy.
He also stressed on the need for all stakeholders to work in cohesion and streamline the guidelines to make the scheme (DEDS) a success in the state, the release added.