Gangtok, February 7 (IPR): Shri Lok Nath Sharma Minister Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Department inaugurated the State Credit Seminar 2021-22 here at a local hotel in Gangtok today.
The Minister was accompanied by Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture and Horticulture-cum-Agriculture Production Commissioner, Shri A.K. Yadav, Principal Secretary, Rural Development Department, Shri C. S. Rao, Chief General Manager, RBI, Shri Ravindra Sangvi, General Manager, NABARD, Dr. Diwakar Hedge, Deputy General Manager, NABARD, Shri S.R. Jaggi, Additional General Manager, NABARD, Smt. Bhama Deuri, representatives from various line departments, SHGs, NGOs, and FPOs from various parts of the State.
The main objective of State Credit Seminar 2021-22 was to discuss the potential for credit flow in the State, filling in the critical infrastructural gaps, and the direction taken by various development agencies and branches. The Seminar was organized by NABARD.
Minister Lok Nath Sharma commended NABARD for farmer-friendly programmes and urged to work as a catalyst for the development of the farming sector. He also acknowledged the significant role of NABARD in a joint venture of Development-through-Credit. He reaffirmed that the sector of Agriculture, Horticulture and Livestock Farming would be instrumental to improve the rural economy.
Minister Sharma also urged NABARD to sensitize and aware people at the community level so that the farmers can take benefits of availed schemes and programmes.
He also urged NABARD for Rural Infrastructure Development including the establishment of Cold Storage Centre, Dairy Development, Spring & Water Harvesting Tank. He also appealed people of all age groups to involve themselves in Agriculture and Livestock farming. Minister Sharma encouraged the public to take agriculture, horticulture and livestock as a profession because there is no existence without agriculture and livestock. He encouraged the public to follow a profession which encouraged agricultural and livestock profession. In the end, he requested the NABARD group to be active in rural areas to propagate government schemes in rural areas in terms of government schemes and credit through Agriculture, Horticulture and Livestock.
General Manager, NABARD, Dr. Diwakar Hedge, in his brief speech talked about the efforts put on by NABARD in development of infrastructure by extending finance to State government under RIDF and NIDA for construction of rural roads, bridges, rural markets, irrigation projects, drinking water supply, etc.
As a prelude to the seminar, the SHGs, FPOs, skilled trained youth, spring shed farmers, NGOs have set up stalls at the venue displaying various products manufactured by them such as handlooms, handicrafts, candles, incense sticks, vegetables etc.
After following the official inauguration, Minister interacted with farmers and exhibitors. The Minister also released two books, “NABARD in Sikkim”, and “State Focus Paper: 2021-22”.