Khadi Commission will help Maha farmers to get skill training and generate alternate source of income

In tune with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to farmers to take up allied jobs alongside agriculture activities, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) will be training farmers from the drought prone areas of Maharashtra through KVIC’s Departmental Training Centres at Nasik and Dahanu from mid April.

The skill development training programmes already available at Nasik and Dahanu centres will be linked up for the special training package to the farmers and their family members. “The main objective of the training is to equip farmers to take recourse to alternate sources of income and reduce their dependency on agriculture activities, considering natural calamities, imbalances and drought situation. The skill development programme would enable the farmers to start Micro Small Unit locally based on local resources,” said Vinai Kumar Saxena, chairman,KVIC.

The district administration along with block development offices will help identify the farmers who could avail the facility of the training being given out. The farmers would also be given a choice of training programmes which they can choose from. Programme would include areas like bakery training, spice processing, agarbatti making, welding, carpentry and others. Farmers will also get motivation and counselling session from Psychiatrists and Counselors. There would also be bankers who’d be a part of this training. With the assistance of state directors concerned, financial support from MUDRA Bank and PMEGP Scheme of KVIC will be worked out for each farmer.

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