OFDD InsightsBroad achievements of the Department at a National Level
Skill Development Initiatives of NABARD
In tune with GoI’s goal, NABARD has developed a structured approach for addressing the skill gap in rural India through demand and outcome-based programmes through multiple stakeholders in skill development ecosystem leading to wage/self-employment.
All developmental interventions under skilling are through digital platform “NABSKILL” (www.nabskillnabard.org) enabling complete digitisation of Skill interventions right from submission of applications, settlement of claims to effective implementation, monitoring/tracking, placement. NABARD has so far extended grant assistance of ₹154.37 Crore for training 9.04 Lakh rural youth through 34,878 programmes by gainfully engaging rural youth both in wage as well as self-employment. During 2019-20, NABARD has extended grant assistance of ₹18.92 Crore for skilling 33,216 rural youth through 1066 programmes.
Off Farm Producer Organisation (OFPO)
Off-Farm Producer Organizations (OFPOs) are legal entities formed by producers like artisans, weavers, craftsmen etc. which provides for sharing of profits/benefits among members. The objective of the producer organization is to ensure better income realization to its members through aggregation and value addition. OFPOs play an important role in promoting rural enterprises in handloom, handicraft and other off farm activites so as to generate local employment through value addition, design innovation and development, processing, brand-building, creation of storage and logistics infrastructure, mechanization and development of technology plus strong forward and backward linkages. This ultimately brings in sustainable and inclusive development through collectivization and formalization.
As on 31 March 2020, 33 OFPOs covering around 11,678 beneficiaries have been supported with grant assistance of ₹12.88 Crore across 19 states. 18 OFPOs have been registered under Companies/Societies Act and are undertaking business activities through aggregation, marketing and input distribution.
In order to support rural artisans & producers to market their products effectively NABARD provides financial assistance for setting up Rural Haats and Rural Marts as also sponsoring Exhibitions.
Rural Haats have been vital to the lives of rural communities by providing them accessible market place to buy and sell their farm and off-farm produce. NABARD supports existing as well as setting up of new Rural Haats for creating basic infrastructural facilities. Rural Haats have emerged as forward linkages for Producer Organizations, Village Watershed and Tribal Development Committees in trading their produce. As on 31 March 2020, 563 Rural Haats have been supported with grant assistance of ₹34.21 Crore.
Rural Marts not only provide market but also help promote entrepreneurship amongst producer communities, SHGs etc. The Scheme provides for support towards operational expenditure for setting up of Rural Marts at potential locations. As on 31 March 2020, 904 Rural Haats have been supported with grant assistance of ₹15.65 Crore.
Exhibitions and Melas provide a direct marketing platform to the artisans with access to market intelligence, customer preferences and bulk orders. Participation in these melas empower the artisans to face the challenges in doing business.
NABARD supports organizing exhibitions independently or in collaboration with major partners. Grant assistance is also extended for enabling artisans/producers to participate in exhibitions at different places in India. During 2019-20, twenty Regional Offices and Head Office, Mumbai organised exhibitions independently providing 1765 producers/artisans collectives from rural India to display and sell their products in major urban centres, generating direct and bulk sales to the tune of ₹10.17 Crore. Some of the major exhibitions supported during the year include Mahalaxmi Saras Mela, Mumbai, Surajkhund Mela, Surajkhund in Haryana and Deccan Haat, Hyderabad. These exhibitions have proved to be an effective marketplace for majority of OFPOs supported by NABARD wherein they could get access to bulk buyers as well as gather inputs on improving their products.