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Integrated Cooperative Development Project to be important in doubling farmers’ income

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Dehradun: Integrated Cooperative Development Project will prove to be important in doubling the income of farmers. This will benefit 50,000 farmers of the state and will strengthen the rural economy.

Chief Minister Mr. Trivendra Singh Rawat said in a press conference that with the support of National Cooperative Development Corporation, the Integrated Cooperative Development Project worth Rs. 3632 crores is being brought to the state. In the scheme funded by NCDC, 80 per cent will be in the form of a loan and and 20 per cent in the form of grant. It will also focus on co-ordination in corporate and corporate.

Chief Minister was having formal talks with the media at Media Center, Secretariat on Thursday. He said that to strengthen the rural economy, the State Co-operative Development project will be launched in the state soon with the support of National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC). With the support of National Cooperative Development Corporation, the State Government is bringing Integrated Cooperative Development Project worth Rs. 3632 crores in the state.

Chief Minister said that this project will prove to be important in fulfilling the target of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, to double the income of the farmers by 2022. Cooperative, agriculture, horticulture, fishery, dairy and related departments will play an important role in making this project successful. This project will benefit 50,000 farmers of the state. The project will open from avenue from cooperative to corporate and vice versa. Project Directorate will be made for this project.

This programme will be assisted by funding by the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) under the ICDP scheme, where 80 per cent wull be in the form of loan and 20 per cent will be in the form of grant. This programme will be run in three phases. In the first phase, multi-purpose cooperative societies and district level and top bodies, agriculture, horticulture, herbs, silk, aromatic plants etc through cooperative group farming, large-scale production, transport, marketing, milk development, animal husbandry and fish farming have been included.

In view of the specificity of the development programme of Uttarakhand state through ICDP, the project has been prepared in such a way that the challenges from ‘farm to market’ will be identified and will be properly addressed.

By incorporating small holdings of farmers, joint cooperative farming will be encouraged to participate in the cultivation of crops at a large level. Co-operative institutions and Corporate Bodies joint venture will be able to get the right value of the product, be able to reach the market and the farmers will get high crop value. This project has been planned to strengthen the top bodies UCF, UCB, and newly built PCU structurally.

With the implementation of this programme, the residents of the hill areas can be prevented from migrating in search of low level jobs. DPR has recommended wide allocation for multi-purpose co-operative societies and other special cooperative societies.

About Rs 3-4 crore will be allocated in the direction of initiatives for the new structure of each multipurpose co-operative societies. With e-mandi, cold chain, and connectivity by godowns, farmers will get fair value for their produce through agricultural equipment, procurement center, solar power fencing, IT and internet facilities.

State Integrated Cooperative Development Projects include multipurpose cooperative societies (infrastructure, digitization, processing, community farming, collection, marketing), Aromatic Plants (community farming), silk development (production and marketing), tourism (cooperative eco-tourism), marketing committees (district and tehsil level), Cooperative banks (state and district), PCU (training and capacity development), UCF (collection, transport, cold price chain, storage and marketing), group center and reproduction centers and animal processing, milk development (production, value addition, marketing) and fisheries (production, value addition, marketing).