Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal, The tribal population were migrating seasonally to other parts of the country for their livelihood as their own land was not yielding enough to sustain them.
Further their land was devoid of irrigation facilities and they depended only on rain. In order to check the migration and help the tribal farmers develop their land for agriculture, NABARD supported them to develop their own wadis which have started bearing fruits now.
NABARD, Madhya Pradesh Regional office is organizing a ‘Mango Festival’ on 4th and 5th June 2018 at at E-5 Arera Colony, Bittan Market, Bhopal to provide a marketing platform to these farmers and help them realise a better price for their organic products.
Hon’ble Minister for Cooperation, GoMP, Shri Vishvas ji Sarang inaugurated the event on 04th June 2018 and Shri Alok Sanjar ji, Member of Parliament, Bhopal Region, Shri P.C.Meena, Agriculture Production Commissioner, GoMP, Shri P.K.Jena, Regional Director, RBI, Bhopal and Shri Ajay Viyas, GM Central Bank of India & Coordinator SLBC were the guest of honour.
Chief General Manager, NABARD Shri S.K.Bansal welcomed the guests, In his key note address he informed that the scheme envisages creating of orchards on the tribal land so that the tribal family is able to produce fruits, fodder and other minor forest produce to augment their income. NABARD has created a specialized ‘Tribal Development Fund’ to finance such projects.
These projects are termed as ‘wadi projects’.In MadhyaPradesh, NABARD has so far supported 77 such wadi projects benefiting 66976 families. A grant assistance of Rs.245.50 crore has been sanctioned and as on date a sum of Rs. 181.00 crore has been already disbursed for promoting these projects. Many of these projects are now bearing result and orchards have now reached fruit bearing stage.
The mango crop is now ready for harvest.Hon’ble Minster Shri Vishvas Sarang informed the house that Tribal welfare is being accorded top priority by Government of India, Madhya Pradesh Government and policy makers.
NABARD has been implementing a prestigious and flagship scheme for Tribal Development initiatives across the country. Further he stressed that these tribal development projects be converged in the fold of Cooperative Societies.
There are more than 13 varieties of mangoes at display brought in from 14 districts of Madhya Pradesh at this exhibition-cum-sale event. This state level exhibition-cum-sale event is open to all the citizens from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM on both the days.