Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar unveiled Sahakar Pragya on November 24. The 45 new training modules of Sahakar Pragya of the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) will provide training to primary cooperative societies in rural areas of the country along with Lakshmanrao Inamdar National Cooperative Research and Development Academy (Linac). The Program incorporates enhancing NCDC’s training capacity by 18fold through an elaborate network of 18 Regional Training Centres across the country by the dedicated, Laxmanrao Inamdar National Academy for Cooperative Research and Development (LINAC) set up and fully funded by NCDC.
Minister called upon the cooperative sector to play a role in making the village-poor-farmers Atma Nirbhar. He said India boasts a huge network of over 8.50 lakh cooperative societies with about 290 million members and around 94% of the farmers in India are member of at least one cooperative society. The risks in agriculture and allied sectors will be minimized by the cooperatives, it acts as a shield against exploitation by unscrupulous traders. Minister said NCDC has emerged as a financial powerhouse, it has provided loans of Rs 1.58 lakh crores to cooperative societies of various categories across the country. Sahakar Pragya is the latest in the series of farmer focused steps by NCDC.
The newly launched training modules of Sahakar Pragya to be delivered at LINAC and its countrywide network of Regional Training Centres will address the need for training various Primary cooperatives, FPO-Cooperatives and Self Help Groups federating.