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Lakshadweep: Pact signed with NCDC to ensure all-round development of farmers, fishermen February 26,2021   |  Source: Outlook India

Union Territory Lakshadweep and National Co-operative Development Corporation (NCDC), an apex finance entity under the Union Agriculture Ministry has signed a pact to ensure all-round development of farmers, fishermen. It will scale up farming operations of the farmers and fishermen for better access to quality input, technology, credit and market through economies of scale. This will be done by establishing Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) and Fish Farmer Producer Organisations (FPPOs) in the island where every one out of seven persons is a fisherman. Sundeep Nayak, Managing Director of NCDC signed the MoU on behalf of the central finance agency and Advisor to Lakshadweep Administrator A Anbarasu in the presence of Lakshadweep Administrator Praful Patel. The NCDC would appoint Community based Business Organisation (CBBO) to promote FPOs and Fishermen Promotion FPPOs by collaborating with them in a holistic manner.

As per the MoU, the NCDC will provide handholding to the FPOs for the next five years to help them realise the better price of their farm produce and in the long run, making them self-reliant, Nayak said. On his part, Anbarasu welcomed the initiative saying that the collaboration will bring innumerable benefits to the region. “This will ensure employment and

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