Bhopal: The tribal welfare is being accorded top priority by Government of India , government of MP and policy makers, said minister for state cooperative Vishvas Sarang, while inaugurating the two day Mango festival in Bhopal on Monday. NABARD, MP Regional office is organizing a ‘Mango Festival’ on 4th and 5th June in Bittan Market to provide a marketing platform and better price to the farmers for their organic products.
Along with the Sarang member of parliament Alok Sanjar, agriculture production commissioner P.C.Meena, Regional Director RBI Bhopal P.K.Jena and GM Central Bank of India & Coordinator SLBC Ajay Viyas, were the guest of honour at the function.
The minister added NABARD has been implementing flagship schemes for Tribal Development initiatives across the country. He further stressed that these tribal development projects should be converged in the fold of Cooperative Societies.
Chief General Manager, NABARD S.K.Bansal welcomed the guests, In his key note address he informed that the scheme envisages creating of orchards on the tribal land so that the tribal family is able to produce fruits , fodder and other minor forest produce to augment their income.
NABARD has created a specialized ‘Tribal Development Fund’ to finance such projects. These projects are termed as ‘wadi projects’. So far NABARD has supported 77 such wadi projects benefiting 66976 families in MP. A grant assistance of Rs.245.50 crore has been sanctioned and as on date a sum of Rs. 181.00 crore has been disbursed for these projects. Many of these projects are now bearing results and orchards have reached fruit bearing stage. The mango crop is now ready for harvest.
The tribal population were migrating seasonally to other parts of the country for their livelihood as their own land was not yielding enough to sustain them. Further their land was devoid of irrigation facilities and they depended only on rain. In order to check the migration, NABARD supported them to develop their own wadis which have started bearing fruits now.
There are more than 13 varieties of mangoes at display brought in from 14 districts of MP at this exhibition-cum-sale event. This state level exhibition-cum-sale event is open to all the citizens from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM on both the days.
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