Sahakar Mitra scheme

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Context: Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare has launched Sahakar Mitra: Scheme on Internship Programme for young professionals.

Relevance
Prelims: Current events
Mains: GS III

  • Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices.  
Sahakar Mitra scheme 

Aim: To assist cooperative institutions to access new and innovative ideas of young professionals while the interns gain experience of working in the field to be self-reliant.

Ministry and department involved:

  • Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers welfare

Other Participant

  • Sahakar Mitra Scheme is an initiative of the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC).

How will it work?

  • The scheme will provide an opportunity for professionals from academic institutions to develop leadership and entrepreneurial roles through cooperatives as Farmers Producers Organizations (FPO).
  • Each intern will get financial support over a 4 months internship period.

Eligibility:  

  • Professional graduates in disciplines such as Agriculture and allied areas, IT, etc. 
  • Professionals who are pursuing or have completed their MBA degrees in Agri-business, Cooperation, Finance, International Trade, Forestry, Rural Development, Project Management, etc. are also eligible.

Outcome: 

  • It is expected to be a win-win situation both for cooperatives as well as for young professionals.

Functions

  • FPOs help in the collectivization of such small, marginal, and landless farmers in order to give them the collective strength to deal with farming and marketing issues.
  • Members of the FPO manage their activities together in the organization to get better access to technology, input, finance, and the market for faster enhancement of their income.

The National Cooperative Development Corporation NCDC
  • It is an apex statutory institution established by an Act of Parliament in 1963 under the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare.
  • Yuva Sahakar scheme is also implemented by the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) to encourage young entrepreneurs to set up start-ups in the cooperative sector by enabling them cheaper loans.
Farmer Producers’ Organisations (FPO)
  • is a Producer Organisation (PO) where the members are farmers. Small Farmers’ Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC) is providing support for the promotion of FPOs.



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