On August 4, 2020, the Union Agriculture Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar launched YouTube channel of National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) called “Sahakar Cooptube NCDC India”.

Highlights

The channel will focus on encouraging youth and farmers to learn about the benefits of cooperatives. It will aim to bring in more youths in the cooperative sector.

The videos in the channel are to be launched in Hindi and other regional languages. The channel has so far been covering 18 states and more states are to be added in the near future.

Significance

The guidance videos being posted in the channel will help strengthening major initiatives of central government. It will help to promote 10,000 Farmer Producer Organizations. These 10,000 Farmer Producer Organizations were launched by PM Modi in February 2020.

Background

The Government of India is focusing on forming at least one FPO at each block level. This is for deeper percolation of the schemes such as Fasal Bima Yojana, PM Kisan Credit Card Scheme. The channel will help central government achieve this goal.

Current issue

In India around 86% of Indian farmers are small and marginal. Their average land holdings are less than 1.1 hectares. These farmers along with landless farmers are facing challenges in accessing quality seeds, technologies, fertilisers and pesticides. The FPOs and other cooperatives will provide a platform for collectivisation of small, marginal and landless farmers. They will give collective strength to deal with the above issues.

Thus, the NCDC Youtube channel will act as platform to reach to these inaccessible farmers and pull them into the cooperatives.

National Cooperative Development Corporation

The NCDC plays major role in the formation of Farmer Producer Organizations. According to the Agriculture Ministry, NCDC gained huge success with financial assistance of Rs 1,54,000 crores to the cooperatives.

The Cooperatives in India have proven their success in improving economic conditions of the farmers. They have acquired huge network of more than 8.5 lakh organizations. There are more than 290 million members in these organizations. These members are largely of rural and small marginal farmers.

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