Menu

Developmental

Farm Sector

Farm Sector Development Department (FSDD)
FSDD has been recently carved out of the erstwhile Development Policy Department - Farm Sector. The Department's core function is implementation of various farm sector initiatives aimed at conservation and management of natural resources, accelerating ground level credit flow by rural financial institutions, incremental agricultural production and productivity, generating rural employment and raising the standard of living of rural poor through credit and grant. 
 
The implementation of these programmes, which have evolved over a period of time through various policy initiatives, is the responsibility of the Department. Dealing with the operational issues emerging during implementing, monitoring the programmes and providing feedback for policy framing/improvement is a part of the task assigned to the Department. The important tasks portfolios handled by FSDD are grouped under four verticals, the details are furnished below:
 
Major Functional Areas of the Department
 
A. Farm Sector Promotional Fund
 
Farm Technology Transfer Fund (FTTF) was set up in the year 2008 out of NABARD’s operating profit to cater to interventions under technology transfer and dissemination. The Fund supports various initiatives for facilitating better access for farmers to various agencies providing inputs, technology, credit, extension, marketing support, etc. Support is also provided for facilitating adoption of technologies, package of practices by farmers by setting up demonstration units on recent technologies. 
 
B. Producers Organisation Development Fund (PODF)
 
NABARD has taken an initiative for supporting producer organizations, adopting a flexible approach to meet the needs of producers. In order to give a special focus, the “Producers Organization Development Fund” (PODF) has been set up w.e.f. 01 April 2011, with an initial corpus of Rs. 50 crore. 
 
Any registered Producers Organization viz, Producers Company (as defined under Sec 581 A in part IXA of Company’s Act 1956), Producers Cooperatives, registered Farmer Federations, MACS (Mutually aided cooperative society), industrial cooperative societies, other registered federations, PACS, etc. set up by producers are eligible under the fund. Support under PODF is provided as under:
 
  • Credit Support is provided for financial intervention. Support in the form of grant, loans, or a combination of these is also available for capacity building & market interventions.
  • Since most of the Producers Organisations are having low capital base, scope for NABARD's intervention under PODF has been enhanced to support Producers Organisations for contribution to share capital.
 
Tribal Development Programmme
 
NABARD has been closely associated with tribal development and sustainable livelihoods through orchard based farming systems. As an integral component of NABARD’s Natural Resource Management (NRM) policy of providing sustainable livelihoods, NABARD laid special emphasis on providing support for holistic development of tribal communities with orchard establishment as the core element.
 
Based on the successful experience of Adivasi Development Programmes, NABARD embarked upon an ambitious program of replicating the wadi model across the country. In this direction, NABARD created a Tribal Development Fund (TDF) with a corpus of Rs. 50 crore, out of its profits for 2003-04. The corpus was augmented from time to time. All projects under TDF are implemented by partnering with State Governments, Government of India, NGOs and Corporates.
 
Watershed Development Programme
 
The Union Finance Minister, in his budget speech for 1999-2000, had announced the creation of a Watershed Development Fund (WDF) in National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) with broad objectives of unification of multiplicity of watershed development programmes into a single national initiative through involvement of village level institutions and PFAs. 
 
In pursuance thereof, WDF has been created in NABARD with a contribution of Rs. 100 crore each by Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India (GoI) and NABARD.
 
Additional Information
 
A. Farm Sector Promotional Fund
 
B.   Producers Organisation Development Fund (PODF)
 
C.  Tribal Development Programmme