Special Correspondent

Collector appeals to farmers to produce value-added agro products

VELLORE: The District Supply and Marketing Society (DSMS), Vellore, will soon be starting an umbrella organisation to help entrepreneurs in all their activities right from the preparation of project report till marketing of the products or services to be provided by them, according to Collector Dharmendra Pratap Yadav.

Inaugurating a seminar on "Welfare and Economic Development of Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes" organised by the Tamil Nadu Adi Dravidar Housing and Development Corporation here on Friday, Mr. Yadav said that the organisation would help entrepreneurs set up the industries.

Noting the absence of economic development among a majority of farmers, the Collector appealed to them to go in for the production of value-added agro-products.

He pointed to the increasing potential in poultry, and packaging and processing industries. There was lack of honesty of intention among many who obtained loans under the Government's subsidy-linked self-employment schemes, he said.

District Revenue Officer A. Suganthi called upon those seeking loans for small business to think beyond the conventional trades.

Y.G. Milton, Assistant General Manager, National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development, appealed to the TAHDCO to ensure that loans and subsidies reached new beneficiaries including SHGs. The Government departments and banks should coordinate between themselves to identify new beneficiaries.

Sakthivel, Project Officer, Tamil Nadu Women's Development Project, Vellore, said that there were 1,400 women's self-help groups, which have not so far got any loan.

Steps would be taken to enable them to obtain loans for income-generating projects under the Women's Development Project, he said. K. Nagarajan, District Coordinator, State Bank of India, Vellore, said that the Central and State Governments have introduced several schemes to help the poor and educated people set up business.

Ramakrishnan, District Manager, TAHDCO, welcomed. Veera Rao, Deputy Director, District Industries Centre and Ramamoorthy, District Employment Officer, spoke.