NABARD to Launch skill development program for Tribals

Kollam : The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) is set to launch its first integrated tribal development programme in the Kulathupuzha grama panchayat on July 8, 2024. This marks NABARD’s inaugural initiative in Kollam, aiming to transform the livelihoods of tribal families over the next five years. Thanal, a renowned environment organization, will act as the implementing agency for this ambitious project.

The programme, which will be inaugurated by Baiju N. Kurup, Chief General Manager of NABARD, targets sustainable livelihood and agricultural enhancement for 413 families residing in eight hamlets.

The initiative focuses on promoting diverse agricultural crops such as pepper, arecanut, coconut, ginger, Thai ginger, turmeric, and plantain. It also includes initiatives in goat rearing, poultry, beekeeping, fish farming, and fodder production. The programme encompasses various components including water resource development, leadership training, awareness creation, sanitation and hygiene initiatives, marketing and branding training, and skill development workshops. Furthermore, the establishment of a Tribal Farmer Producer Company (FPO) is planned to economically empower the community.

As part of the project, tribal families will be organized into groups to foster community empowerment, promote both agricultural and non-agricultural activities, and enhance income levels through skill development and sustainable agricultural practices.

Previously, Thanal and NABARD have successfully partnered to implement animal husbandry and skill development programs across five villages in Ranni taluk, Pathanamthitta. This initiative supported the sustainable development of approximately 429 families, providing continuous guidance and assistance throughout the programme.