Dorjay for promoting village level Cooperative Societies, SHGs

Excelsior Correspondent
LEH, Apr 10: Minister for Cooperatives and Ladakh Affairs Chering Dorjay today said that PDP-BJP Government is making all efforts to boost agriculture and milk production across Leh district, adding that for this purpose Government is providing loans under cooperative sector on minimum rate of interest through National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC).
The Minister said this while addressing a meeting of officers from cooperatives and its allied departments.
Chief Executive Councillor LAHDC Leh Dorjay Motup and Executive Councillor for Agriculture Tsering Wangdus, Executive Councilor for Health Gyal Wangyal, Executive Councilor for Tourism Tsering Sandup, Executive Councilor for Animal and Sheep Husbandry Mumtaz Hussain, Deputy Commissioner, Leh Avny Lavasa besides other senior officers of cooperatives and allied departments were present on the occasion.
The Minister asked the officers to arrange awareness camps across the district and educate the people about welfare schemes under cooperative sector. He asked the officers to encourage farmers to avail benefits of cooperative welfare schemes that will help them generate healthy income by opening their own ventures.
He directed the concerned to establish village level cooperative societies and self-help groups to increase the local cooperative produce across the district. He said the vision behind this is to encourage self-employment among youth and promote peasant market for farmers.
He directed the Agriculture and Cooperative Department officers to educate farmers for adopting latest technology for increasing quality production by sowing hybrid seeds for seasonal vegetables. He also asked for providing hybrid seeds to farmers by opening sale counters in villages.
During the meeting, discussions were also held about upcoming projects under cooperative sector including protected cultivation by replicating Chinese models of greenhouses, promotion of apricot and sea buckthorn products by maintaining organic nature of this fruits and ensuring batter quality as per international standards, outsourcing packaging or setup local units in Leh and Kargil post analyzing the commercial feasibility under Tetra Packaging, promotion of apricots, sea buckthorn and other  herbs using cosmeceutical techniques,  establishment of cold storage at large scale in the district, promotion of animal products specially pashmina products and establishment of local motels and shops in both Leh and Kargil district to promote local foods and products.


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