64th All India Cooperative Week inaugurated at Beodnabad

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Port Blair, Nov 15: The 02nd Day of the 64th All India Cooperative Week Celebration was inaugurated on 15th Nov, 2017 at Panchayat Hall, Beodnabad by Dr. A. Kundu, Director, ICAR-CIARI as the Chief Guest in presence of Representatives of various Apex Level Cooperative, Govt officials, PRI members and a large gathering of people of Beodnabad area.
At the beginning, Mr. Surender Nath Singh, Project Officer, NCUI welcomed all the delegates to the 64th All India Coop. Week Celebration 2017. He further informed that the 64th All India Cooperative Week Celebration at today being the 2nd day of the function, we have gathered at the Beodnabad Gram Panchayat to embark the topic of Producers to Consumers.
Dr. G.S. Pandey, Joint Director, Agriculture Dept. spoke on the occasion and highlighted the various scheme of A &N Administration in Coconut farming, Organic farmining, Plantation, Vegetable farming etc. He further urged the general public to come forward and avail various schemes of Agriculture Dept. Mr. M.K. Srinivasan, General Manager, ANCOFED spoke on the topic Coop: Producers to Consumer by citing the example of Junglighat vegetable market which is a perfect example of direct marketing from producers to consumers. He also explained the activities of ANCOFED which is a member institution of NAFED, IFFCO & NCUI to implement the subsidy scheme of Govt of India.
Dr. A. Kundu, Director, ICAR- CIARI in his key note address expresses his happiness over the celebration of 64th All India Cooperative Week. He further added that marketing of the product is a main problem faced by the farmers. He emphasized the farmers to get themselves organised and join the Service Cooperative societies like – Gaon Vikas Service Coop. Society & Pema Service Coop. Society and gain business through them. He also added that Dr. Kurian of AMUL is a successful Cooperator which is an inspiration to the Producers of all field. He also urged the people to avail soil Health card of Govt of India to check and improve the fertility of the soil. He also advice the farmers for organic farming. He also informed the gathering that CIARI is providing fodder for the cattle at the subsidies rate which will be of great use for improving the fertility of the cattle.
Mr. Abdul Rasheed, ARCS also spoke on the topic Cooperatives : Producers to Consumers by highlighting the problem faced by the farmers and their remedial solution for availing the schemes of NABARD and Govt of India.
Mr. Ravinder Rao, Managing Director spoke on Agricultural loan scheme of the Bank and urged the farmers and general public to avail the benefit of banking services from our Burmanallah branch. He also urged upon the promotion of marketing of coconut through PACS by removing the middle man which will yield more profit for the farmers. Mr. Jai Prakash, Manager, NABARD also spoke on the success model of Farmers Producers Organization (FPO) which is a key initiative of NABARD. He further said that there are 05 FPO presently formed by NABARD which will bring good yield for the farmers. He further requested the farmers and general public to form FPO through A & N State Coop. Bank or NGO which will give them a grant assistance of Rs 9.06 lakh from NABARD and help farmers in earning good incomes for their produces.
The programme was also attended by Mr. G.S. Pandey, Joint Director, Agriculture Dept. Mr. Mohan Nair, UP Pramukh, Prothrapur, Mr. Ravinder Rao, Managing Director, A & N State Coop. Bank Ltd, Mr. V.S. Anil, ARCS, Mr. Abdul Rasheed, ARCS, Mr. M K Srinivasan, General Manager, ANCOFED, Mr. Jai Prakash, Manager, NABARD. The programme ended with the vote of thank proposed by Mr. Anant Rao, General Secretary, A &N State Coop. Union.

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