Bhubaneswar: Speakers at the state-level workshop on Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme(Deds) called upon the bankers to finance in the sector  as it not only provides livelihood but also create employments.

The workshop, organized by the  national agricultural bank, Nabard, here on Wednesday was inaugurated  agriculture and farmers’ empowerment, fisheries & animal resources development, Dr Damodar Rout. Fisheries & animal resources development (Fard) secretary,  Vishal Gagan, Nabard CGM, Dr.KC Panigrahi, spoke in the workshop. Representatives of major commercial banks, Regional Rural Banks, Orissa State Cooperative Bank, OMFED and Milk Mantra.

Vishal Gagan advised the banks to give more and more credit at ground level and avail goverment subsidy under the sector. He expected that the target of subsidy disbursement amounting Rs.3.17 crore during 2017-18 in the state under Deds as also Rs.1.07 crore under NLM(EDEG) will be achieved with the cooperation of all concerned. He called upon the banks to be the change agents in this regard.

The minister stressed on the need for developing strong market linkages in the State so that farmers get remunerative prices for their produce. He also highlighted the importance of consulting technologists for preparation of development plans.

Nabard CGM emphasised the importance of dairy sector in employment and income generation amongst rural people and called upon the bankers to finance under the sector and avail admissible government of India subsidy under Deds through Nabard. He indicated that Nabard is very prompt in sanctioning subsidy, which thereafter is disbursed on receipt of necessary fund from the Centre.

Nabard DGM R.K.Roy also addressed the workshop.