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COOPERATIVE EDUCATON FIELD PROJECTS
IN NORTH EASTERN STATES
 

INTRODUCTION
As a special measure for strengthening cooperative movement in cooperatively under develop States/areas and reducing regional imbalance in the level of development Government of India approved a central sector scheme funded by the Ministry of Agriculture in 1976. The scheme was further extended to the under-developed areas of the North Eastern States during 1994. NCUI is implementing this central sector scheme for the intensification of Cooperative Education through its 7 Cooperative Education Field Projects located in North-Eastern States:

NAME OF THE UNDER DEVELOPED PROJECTS IN NORTH EASTERN STATES

Zone Sl. No. State Project Location No.
North East 1 Assam Morigaon, Jorhat 2
  2 Manipur Thoubal 1
  3 Sikkim
Magalwaria (West Sikkim)
1
  4 Meghalaya Shillong 1
  5 Mizoram Aizwal 1
  6 Nagaland Kohima 1

OBJECTIVE
The main objective of the scheme is to develop and promote cooperative societies in project adopted areas and through them to increase the productivity of farmer members and thus improve their socio-economic conditions.

APPROACH
Intensive efforts for cooperative development through Cooperative Education combined with farm/technical guidance are the main ingredients of project approach. The office bearers and members of project adopted societies are motivated and educated to implement the business development plans through their active participation in planning of business activities, operational management and its evaluation. Self Help Groups are formed by the project personnel to facilitate micro-credit and sustainable income-generating activities. Formation and working of these groups is based on cooperative culture. All educational, farm guidance and developmental activities are linked with business development plans of PACS/LAMPS adopted by projects for their overall development.

PROJECT PERSONNEL
The project team consists of 1 Project Officer, 1 Farm Guidance Instructors, 3 Cooperative Education Instructor and 1 Lady Mobiliser with supportive staff.

PROJECT ACTIVITIES :-
The project activities mainly carried out are as follows:-
  • Educational/developmental activities: Aiming at strengthening and developing cooperative societies with sound democratic character and strong financial base.
  • Farm/technical guidance activities: Aiming at increasing farm production by adopting improved farm technology.
  • Socio-developmental activities: Aiming at increasing functional literacy / adult education, better living conditions, health care, family welfare, drinking water facilities.
  • Women development activities: Aiming at involvement of women in cooperative as well as promoting the women cooperatives exclusively and through them raising their socio-economic conditions.