Staff Reporter

NCDC active in the State, says its Director

State first in implementing coop projects

Srikakulam: National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC), Director A.M.Kale has stated that the NCDC has been very active in the State by involving in the development of infrastructure facilities in the cooperative sector.

Speaking in connection with his visit to the district here on Thursday, Mr. Kale said that Rs.257.85 crores has been given for the development of infrastructure facilities in the cooperative sector in the 2009-10 financial year. He stated that under the Integrated Cooperative Development Projects (ICDP), all the 23 districts in AP had been covered. An amount of Rs.16.04 crores has been given to Srikakulam district for developing infrastructure facilities and boosting business opportunities for cooperative societies.

He said that AP stood first in the implementation of the ICDP programme.

The State Government, he said, had urged for covering all the districts once again under the second phase of the ICDP programme. Asked if NCDC has a role in the proposed cooperative farming project, he said that the idea is still in a nascent stage. However he said that the proposal is very good for the farmers provided the farmers understood the concept rationally. He allayed any apprehensions in this regard as the concept is very beneficial to the farmers. In the cooperative farming mechanization played a bigger role and the involvement of human resources is minimal. This he said will drastically reduce farming operation costs.