FPOs, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Paths for Tribal Villages

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The Tribal Affairs Department has initiated the process of registering Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) in villages to be developed as dairy villages, sheep villages and other farming businesses. In the first phase, more than 20 villages recognized as dairy villages will be included. The ministry has also made a proposal for the development of an additional 100 dairy villages in coordination with financial institutions.
In coordination with various stakeholder organizations, competence development in the areas of animal product management, value creation and packaging as well as marketing is initiated. In a series of consultations, the department also developed the business model and financial support for the establishment of dairy farms. The animal and sheep breeding departments have also started a process to develop a database of young people attending qualification courses.
The Agricultural Skill Council of India and the J&K Tribal Affairs Department discussed a roadmap for skills development and job creation in tribal areas being developed through recently launched programs for dairy villages, sheep farms, refrigeration facilities and other avenues. The courses available and area-specific needs were also discussed at the session, including dairy entrepreneurship, courses for animal health providers, organic farming, greenhouse operations, wool packaging and marketing, etc. Another focus was on agricultural training in tribal villages.
The Secretary of the Department of Tribal Affairs, Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, and the senior officials of the Agricultural Skill Council of India Dr. Satendra Arya and Dr aim to improve the incomes of indigenous farmers. He thanked State Engagement Officer NSDC Kahkashan Anjum for his vigorous commitment to training indigenous farmers. It was discussed to initiate the qualification program for selected villages in the current calendar year.
The Agricultural Skill Council of India in coordination with farm universities and 13 dedicated Krishi Vigyan Kendras in J&K will offer qualifications to indigenous youth selected by the animal and sheep breeding departments in the villages developed by the tribal affairs department. A limited expression of interest is being initiated by the J&K Skill Development Mission for training tribal youth in selected villages based on skill needs.
The Director of the Department of Tribal Affairs conducted the process for model villages while the secretary, advisory board and district officials were asked to register the FPOs in selected villages to initiate the process of entrepreneurship development and value creation. More than 100 villages that are being developed as cluster model villages and dairy villages will be selected for qualification development in phase I.


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