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Farm women a force to reckon with in rural areas

Staff Reporter

ERODE: Self-help groups and farming women groups in rural areas have been undertaking various developmental activities.

The role of farm women groups in agricultural operations and their participation in all training programmes conducted in villages is quite significant.

Special attention

Hence the Tamil Nadu Women in Agri Business and Extension (TANWABE) programme has been getting special attention from the district administration.

Out of the 700 women’s self-help groups in Erode, 163 have received Rs. 3,500 each as subsidy during 2006-07 and 35 groups will be given Rs. 10,000 each during this year.

Financial assistance

With the guidance of Erode District Collector T. Udhaychandran, Joint Director of Agriculture, Erode, S. Somasundaram took special efforts in getting maximum possible financial assistance to the farm women groups from various nationalised banks.

Joint meeting

The joint meeting conducted at block level with TANWABE group members, the agriculture department officials and banks resulted in many groups getting financial assistance from various banks.

However, some groups said a few banks gave them loan which was less than the agreed amount. If a group has savings in a particular bank, the bank should grant them loan which is four times that of the savings.

But the group members claim that one or two nationalised banks grant only twice the savings amount as loan. This should be increased, they said.

Loan

In Kangayam taluk the TANWABE groups from Alambadi, Dasanaickenpatti and Pudupai were recently given a loan of Rs. 2 lakh each for cattle rearing.

Assistant Director of Agriculture Kangayam A. Prabakaran told this correspondent on Wednesday that the process is underway and the other groups in this taluk would get the same benefit soon.

Initiative

Moreover, he insisted that the TANWABE group leaders should take the initiative to avail bank loans from their respective branches.

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