Rs 52.09 cr earmarked for ICDP to strengthen Agri credit cooperatives: Kaito


Dimapur, June 4: Minister for Agriculture & Cooperation, G Kaito Aye today said that Rs 52.09 crore earmarked for Integrated Co-operative Development Project (ICDP) in the state would go towards strengthening of Agricultural credit co-operatives, creation of infrastructure facilities such as Go-downs, banking counters, transport vehicles, small processing units, cold storage, poultry, piggery and dairy units etc.
Speaking at a programme for distribution of Market Linkage Transport vehicles and Recovery bikes at Medziphema, the Minister said the Government’s focus today is Market Linkages for Co-operative Societies, adding Market Linkages, a vital factor in agriculture and allied sectors, have long been our handicap.
“Your hard work goes to waste if your products cannot reach the market on time. To remedy that, we are providing nine transport vehicles for the selected co-operative societies during the first year under this Integrated Co-operative Development Project (ICDP) and more transport vehicles will be funded in the coming years,” he said.
The Minister disclosed that along with the transport vehicles, the Government has sanctioned 5 Recovery Bikes for Fast Track Loan Recovery Drive to the ICDP Cell for the five districts.
The Recovery Bikes are targeted for the present ICDP project, and other outstanding loans. He appealed to the beneficiaries to pay back the loans that they avail as loans are meant to be loans and not Christmas gifts. He said if the loans are not repaid their project fails and they fail.
Lamenting that non-repayment of loans is a major problem among the Nagas, Kaito said people who fail to pay back loans are not just hampering the chances of their own growth, but causing hurdles for many other deserving people.
Hoping that there would be significant recovery of loans, the Minister said the 2nd phase of the project can be implemented again in the districts of Mokokchung, Phek, Wokha, Zunheboto and Dimapur etc.
The Integrated Co-operative Development Project (ICDP) was officially launched on July 20, 2018, and the first year of implementation started from September 1, 2018. Applications from Co-operative societies were invited and after thorough inspections and examination, the District Level Coordination Committees under the chairmanship of the respective Deputy Commissioners recommended and selected societies for financial assistance. The State Level Coordination Committee under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary in a meeting held on February 14, 2019, approved and sanctioned the proposals of the district committees. 41 societies were selected from Kohima district, 57 from Tuensang, 45 from Kiphire, 31 from Longleng and 15 selected from Peren district. Altogether, 189 numbers of beneficiaries have been selected.
Anjani Kumar Srivastava, Regional Director, National Co-operative Development Corporation (NCDC), Guwahati, (The funding Agency) in his speech stated that there are more schemes that be availed under NCDC assuring his support and assistance even in the days to come.
He urged the farmers to co-operate with the state Government and take advantage of the financial assistance that can be provided through NCDC.
(Page News Service)