The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) will support 600 more farmers' clubs in the State in 2012 to enable farmers find solutions to their farm-related problems collectively.

2,000 clubs

Chief General Manager of NABARD, Andhra Pradesh region, P. Mohanaiah, said in a statement on Thursday that they had been promoting farmers clubs to facilitate farmers get access to credit, technology, markets and extension services.

With the support to 600 clubs, the number of clubs supported by the NABARD in the State would go to 2,000, he stated.

Grant

They would extent grant to farmers clubs promoted by banks, NGOs and Panchayat Raj institutions.

The assistance would be given for launching clubs, their maintenance expenses for three years, capacity building of farmers with experts and exposure visits to Krishi Vignan Kendras, research stations, agriculture universities and field visits to progressive farmers.

The NABARD had given a grant of Rs.3.36 crore for promoting the farmers clubs in the State during 2010-11.