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Village Development Programme launched

Staff Reporter

KARAIKAL: The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has initiated a Village Development Programme for community-based capacity building at Agalangal village here.

The programme introduced recently has taken on board the expertise of M.S.Swaminathan Research Foundation, whose Village Knowledge Centre is already functional in the village.

The Village Development Programme entails a general platter of initiatives from financial inclusion and access to credit to infrastructure development and creation of community assets. The VDP provides for a spectrum of activities towards capacity building with the constitution of a representative Committee to gauge the ‘felt-needs of the community,' and infuse technical and knowledge fillip through VKC under the aegis of MSSRF.

The three-year programme envisages setting up of demo plots on progressive farmers' lands to initiate organic farming practices. The VDP was formally launched by Collector Franklin Laltin Khuma here with the laying of foundation stone for building of concrete steps to the village pond recently. Sreepathy, Assistant General Manager, NABARD, Puducherry delineated the object of VDP on the occasion and Velvizhi, coordinator, MSSRF, addressed the operational procedures.

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