28 Nov 2019

Farmers’ Clubs (FCs)

Source: PIB & Agritech Portal

Objective 

The major objective is to promote “Development through credit, technology transfer, awareness and capacity building” of the farmers.

NABARD as Promoter 

Farmers’ Clubs (FCs) promoted by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) are grass root level informal fora organized by the rural branches of banks, Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs), etc.

Role and Functions of Farmers’ Clubs

  • Coordinate with banks to ensure credit flow among its members and forge better bank borrower relationship
  • Organise minimum one meeting per month and depending upon the need, there would be 2-3 meetings per month. Non-members can also be invited to attend the meetings,
  • Interface with subject matter specialists in the various fields of agriculture and allied activities etc., extension personnel of Agriculture Universities, Development Departments and other related agencies for technical know how upgradation. For guest lectures, even experienced farmers who are non members from the village/ neighbouring villages could be invited,
  • Liaison with Corporate input suppliers to purchase bulk inputs on behalf of members,
  • Organise/facilitate joint activities like value addition, processing, collective purchase of inputs and farm produce marketing, etc. for the benefit of members. They can also sponsor / organise SHGs,
  • Undertake socio-economic developmental activities like community works, education, health, environment and natural resource management etc.
  • Market rural produce and products.

Significance

  • The programme is being implemented for the mutual benefit of the banks and the farmers.  
  • The clubs are beneficial for banks as well as line departments of the State Government for convergence of the programmes / schemes sponsored / implemented by them.