NCDC is involved in planning, promoting, coordinating and financing of cooperative development programmes at the national level. It provides financial and technical support to cooperative institutions of farmers and other weaker sections associated with agriculture and allied rural economic activities. NCDC’s strategy is to strengthen and develop these institutions to enable them to serve their members and to maintain a sustained growth in their income.

The promotional and developmental role is distinctly reflected in the following spheres of its operations:

  • Assisting in planning for cooperative development and thus, helping the Central and State Governments in formulation of Annual Plans.
  • Sponsoring specific and Integrated Cooperative Development Projects.
  • Extending consultancy support for formulation of development projects in the cooperative sector.
  • Coordinating activities of cooperatives with various Government Offices, institutions etc.
  • Imparting training to cooperative personnel to upgrade their operational skills for successful implementation of projects financed by the Corporation.
  • Convening All-India and Regional conferences/ workshops to facilitate exchange of information and review of progress etc.
  • Recognizing the performance of best performing cooperative societies through cash awards and citation certificates for which the Corporation has instituted “NCDC Award for Cooperative Excellence”.

Membership of Professional Organisations:

NCDC maintains Institutional membership of National as well as International Professional bodies for constant interaction and up-gradation of information regarding technological and managerial developments in relevant fields. NCDC is member of the following professional organisations:

  • Regional Network for Development of Agricultural Cooperatives in Asia and the Pacific Region (NEDAC), Bangkok.
  • International Cooperatives Alliance (ICA), Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Centre for International Cooperation & Training in Agriculture Banking (CICTAB), Pune.
  • Fertilizer Association of India (FAI), New Delhi.
  • Institute of Rural Management (IRMA), Anand, Gujarat.

Association with other Organisations:

NCDC is also represented/ associated with the following forums/ institutions:-

  • Member in Governing Body of All India Federation of Cooperative Spinning Mills Ltd. (AIFCOSPIN), Mumbai.
  • Member in Technical Advisory-cum-Monitoring Committee (TAMC) of Technology Upgradation Funds Scheme (TUFS), Ministry of Textile, Government of India.
  • Member in Managing Committee of Odisha Cooperative Coir Corporation Ltd. (OCCC), Bhubaneswar.
  • Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI), Government of India.
  • Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA).
  • National Horticulture Board (NHB).
  • National Horticulture Mission (NHM).
  • Indian Potash Ltd. (IPL).
  • Directorate of Marketing & Inspection (DMI), Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare.
  • Central Organisation of Oil Industry & Trade (COOIT), New Delhi.
  • National Federation of Fishers Cooperative ltd. (FISHCOPFED).
  • Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Limited (IFFCO), New Delhi.
  • Krishak Bharati Cooperative Limited (KRIBHCO), Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
  • National Cooperative Consumers Federation of India (NCCF), New Delhi.
  • The Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED)
  • Indian Potash Ltd. (IPL).
  • Coconut Development Board, Kochi.
  • Spices Board of India.
  • The Kerala State Cooperative Rubber Marketing Federation (RUBBERMARK), Kochi, Kerala.
  • Indian Farm Forestry Development Cooperative Limited (IFFDC), Gurugram.

Memorandum of Understanding:

NCDC has entered into MoUs with the following organisations for mutually working together in synergizing their various programmes for better value to the stakeholders through variety of activities:

  • Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Ltd. (TRIFED) on 26.03.2018.
  • National Institute of Agriculture Extension Management (MANAGE), Hyderabad on 25.05.2018.
  • Government of Uttarakhand (for mega project) on 7.10.2018.
  • Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) on 08.01.2019.
  • PV Narasingha Rao Telangana Veterinary University on 24.04.2019.
  • National Federation of Urban Cooperative Banks and Credit Societies (NAFCUB) on 20.05.2019.
  • Government of Tamil Nadu on 20.12.2019.
  • National Federation of State Cooperative Banks Ltd. (NAFSCOB) on 28.05.20208.
  • Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) on 8.05.2020.
  • Sher-E-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir, J&K (SKUAST-K) on 23.07.2020
  • Government of Uttarakhand (for FPO programme) on 04.08.2020.
  • Spices Board India, Ministry of Commerce and Industries on 18.08.2020.
  • Government of Odisha (for FPO programme) on 11.09.2020.
  • Dr. Yaswant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry, Solan, Himachal Pradesh on 29.09.2020.
  • Central Agricultural University, Imphal, Manipur on 06.10.2020.
  • Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology, Udaipur on 21.10.2020.
  • Assam Agriculture University, Jorhat, Assam on 26.10.2020.
  • Rajmata VijayarajeScindia Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Gwalior on 09.11.02020.
  • Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agriculture and Technology, Kanpur on 17.11.2020.
  • Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, (ANGRAU) Andhra Pradesh on 18.11.2020.
  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Raipur on 28.11.2020.
  • Sher-E-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu, J&K (SKUAST-J) on 02.12.2020.
  • Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (S-VYASA), Bengaluru, Karnataka on 23.12.2020.
  • Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) December 2020.
  • Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri, Maharashtra on 04.01.2021.
  • The Gandhigram Rural Institute (Deemed to be University) Tamil Nadu on 12.01.2021.
  • Gujarat University, Navarangpura, Ahmedabad, Gujarat on 03.02.2021.
  • Government of Telangana (for FPO) on 17.02.2021.
  • Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, Indian Oil Odisha Campus, Bhubaneswar on 19.02.2021.
  • Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) on 22.02.2021.
  • Union territory of Lakshadweep (for FFPO) on 24.02.2021.
  • Kerala Agriculture University on 05.03.2021.
  • Government of Chhattisgarh (for FPO programme) on 16.03.2021.


NCDC organized India’s first and the largest international cooperatives trade fair at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi on 11-13 October, 2019 to promote Cooperative to Cooperative (C2C) trade, both in domestic and international, focused on agriculture and allied sectors complete value chains, cold chain, exports, technology, climate smart agriculture, inputs, commodities, processing, packaging, storage, machinery, brand promotion, marketing, coop-banking, big data analytics, cyber-security, agritech, livestock, dairy, fisheries, handloom, handicrafts, textiles, consumer etc.
The event was organized by NCDC in association with country partner Bangladesh, Bangkok-based International Organization (NEDAC) and leading organizations in India (NAFED, APEDA, ITPO etc.) with the support of Ministries of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Commerce and Industry and External Affairs. Six State Governments/UTs namely, Telangana, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Puducherry, Meghalaya and Goa were partners of IICTF. The event is also supported through partnership with IFFCO, IPL, AMUL, CDB, UPL, FAO, NCUI, LINAC, NAFCUB, NAFSCOB, NCCD etc.
Shri Narender Singh Tomar, Hon’ble Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare inaugurated the Fair in the august presence of Shri Parshottambhai Rupala, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Kailash Choudhary, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Prestone Tynsong, Hon’ble Deputy CM, Meghalaya, Shri Dhansingh Rawat, Hon’ble Cooperation Minister, Government of Uttarakhand, Shri Sanjay Agarwal, Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, Shri Mohd. Kamaluddin Talukder, Secretary (RDCD), Government of Bangladesh and Shri U.S. Awasthy, MD, IFFCO. IICTF was packed with exhibitions, B2B/C2C meetings, conferences, cultural programmes etc.
In line with Government’s focus on programmes like Start-up India and Stand up India aimed at young entrepreneurs with new and innovative ideas, National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) launched Yuva Sahakar-Cooperative Enterprise Support and Innovation Scheme 2019 in IICTF and Sahakar Bharati launched their brand ‘Simplydesi’ to provide good marketing and branding opportunities for cooperatives.
The IICTF saw a foot fall of more than 35,000 visitors on this 3 days event. 141 B2B/C2C meetings were held and attended by 125 foreign buyers and 75 Memorandum of Intents (MOIs) were signed at a value of USD 1.2 billion. Nine thematic sessions were held on Globalization of Cooperative Trade, Cooperative Banking and Financial Inclusion, Empowerment of Youth and Women through Cooperatives, Agro Processing Ecosystem through Cooperatives, Agri-Tech and Climate Smart Agriculture through Cooperatives, Cooperatives as Cost Effective and Efficient Service Providers, Big Data and Cyber Security and Cooperatives, Dairy Cooperatives - Opportunities for Value Addition and Trade and Farm Mechanization and Inputs Supply – Role of Cooperatives.
On the last day, Awards for Excellence were distributed to both Indian and foreign cooperatives and exhibitors by Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Union Minister for Commerce and Industry and Shri Dhan Singh Rawat, Hon’ble Cooperation Minister, Government of Uttarakhand.
The closing ceremony of the event was chaired by Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Union Minister for Commerce and Industry in the august presence of Shri Dhansingh Rawat, Hon’ble Cooperation Minister, Government of Uttarakhand, Shri Sanjay Agarwal, Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India and Shri Satish Marathe, member Central Board, Reserve Bank of India.
A detailed report is at link.

Ayushman Sahakar:

NCDC introduced a unique scheme of “आयुष्मान सहकार” (AYUSHMAN SAHAKAR) launched by the Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Agriculture Shri Parshottam Rupala on 19.10.2020. Under this Scheme, NCDC extend term loans to prospective cooperatives to the tune of Rs 10,000 crore in the coming years to enable cooperatives play an important role in the creation of healthcare infrastructure in the country. The Scheme has a comprehensive approach to cover hospitals, healthcare, medical education, nursing education, paramedical education, health insurance and holistic health systems such as AYUSH.

SAHAKAR MITRA: Scheme on Internship Programme (SIP):

In keeping with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s clarion call for Atma Nirbhar Bharat (self Reliant India) emphasizing the importance of local for vocal, SAHAKAR MITRA: Scheme on Internship Programme (SIP) was launched by Hon’ble Union Agriculture Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar on 11.06.2020.
The scheme will provide young professionals opportunity for practical exposure and learning from the working of NCDC and cooperatives as paid interns. NCDC has also introduced the ‘Yuva Sahakar - Cooperative Enterprise Support and Innovation Scheme 2019’ to promote start-up cooperative ventures. Sahakar Mitra would provide an opportunity to professionals from academic institutions to develop leadership and entrepreneurial roles in cooperatives.
NCDC has earmarked funds for Sahakar Mitra paid internship program, under the scheme each intern will get financial support over a maximum of 4 months internship period. Online application portal for internship application available on NCDC website was also launched by the Union Agriculture Minister on 11.06.2020.

Joint Working Group of NCDC and ICAR:

NCDC and ICAR have entered into a MoU on 08.06.2020 with the objective of leveraging the experience, expertise and strength of both the organisations to promote agriculture and allied sectors through cooperatives in the areas of production, processing, marketing, storage, export promotion of agricultural and allied sector produce viz. poultry, dairy, piggery, fisheries etc. NCDC has engaged 58 ICAR-ATARI-KVK/ Institutes as CBBO under the Central Sector Scheme for Formation and Promotion of 10,000 FPO.

Sahakar Cooptube NCDC Channel:

Sahakar Cooptube NCDC Channel was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare on 04.08.2020. This is another NCDC initiative to promote cooperatives towards the development of cooperatives. Guidance videos on “Formation and Registration of Cooperatives” in different languages have been prepared by the Studio Cell and are uploaded on SAHAKAR COOPTUBE channel. Guidanace videos have been prepared in regional languages highlighliting the legislative requirement of the state/UTs. Upto 31.03.2021 guidance videos for 24 states have been launched in various regional languages including Odia, Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi and Mizo besides Hindi.

Design & Production-Studio Cell:

NCDC has set up its own in-house Design and Production-Studio Cell for making video and graphical artwork, in 2019-20.
During the year 2019-20 the Studio Cell was engaged in producing promotional items on various subjects. Promotional film for IICTF-2019 and NCDC were produced in the studio cell. Short films were also made on13 sectors viz like marketing, logistics, farm mechanization, mining, consumer cooperatives, cooperative banking, dairy, fishery, textile, women cooperatives, storage, sugar and handloom. Further promotional film was also made for Network for the Development of Agricultural Cooperatives in Asia and the Pacific (NEDAC), a unique international forum linking multiple apex cooperative organizations. These films were displayed during India International Cooperative Trade Fair (IICTF)-2019. Guidance videos on “Formation and Registration of Cooperatives” in different languages have been prepared by the Studio Cell.

Nandini Sahakar:

NCDC Board of Management approved the Nandini Sahakar scheme on 24.02.2021, the first NCDC scheme exclusively for women cooperatives. It supports entrepreneurial dynamism of women through women cooperatives. Nandini Sahakar is a focused framework and aims to extend financial assistance exclusively to women cooperatives involved in activities coming under the purview of NCDC.
It converge critical inputs of women’s enterprise, business plan formulation, capacity development, credit and subsidy and / or interest subvention of other schemes. Any Women Cooperative Society registered under any State / Multi State Cooperative Societies Act in the country is eligible. Any cooperative society with minimum 50% women members at primary level is also eligible. In case of projects related to new and/ or innovative activities, women cooperatives, which are in operation for at least three months, are also eligible as per NCDC guidelines. Interest subvention incentive shall be applicable for timely repayments depending on the nature of activities: (a) 2% for new and innovative activities and (b) 1% for other activities.

Sahakar Pragya:

Sahakar Pragya launched on 24.11.2020, is a Capacity Development programme for primary cooperatives through 18 Regional Training Centres of NCDC with 45 business training modules. Sahakar Pragya focuses on developing professionalism in primary cooperatives working in agriculture and allied sectors. It designs and conducts need-based programmes for personnel of assisted cooperatives and its own officials. It collaborates with CICTAB, NEDAC and other international agencies to conduct specialised programmes for co-operators in India and abroad including those from South Asian Association for Regional Cooperatives (SAARC) countries. Recently, LINAC conducted the World Bank awarded international workshop on “Disaster Risk Management Mainstreaming and Cooperative Development” for senior level professionals of Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Nepal and India.

Workshops, Conferences and Webinars organized by NCDC:

  • Chintan Shibir (Retreat for Deliberations) under SAHAKAR PRAGYA on ‘Nurturing of Primary Level Cooperatives’ was held on 5 April 2019 at LINAC, Gurugram with all the Regional Offices of NCDC.
  • Workshop on “Disaster Risk Management Mainstreaming and Cooperative Development” was conducted at LINAC Campus, Gurugram, Haryana from 3 to 14 June, 2019.
  • Workshop on ‘Strategy for Comprehensive Development of Cooperative Sector in Goa for a New India by 2022’ was jointly organized by NCDC and the Government of Goa at Panaji on 9 July 2019. Shri Pramod Sawant, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa inaugurated the workshop.
  • Workshop on "National Workshop on Consumer Cooperatives" was held on 20.12.2019 at NCDC, New Delhi.
  • Workshop on “Ornamental Fisheries Entrepreneurship Development” was organised jointly by Government of West Bengal, NCDC and NFDB in Kolkata, West Bengal on 25.01.2020.
  • Jointly with NEDAC, a webinar on ‘Cyber Risks and Mitigation for Cooperatives’ on 11.05.2020 to insulate cooperatives across the countries form prevalent cyber risks and make them stronger and vibrant organisation. Dr. Gulshan Rai, Former Chief Cyber Security in PMO and Senior Adviser, NCDC was key resource person. The webinar was also addressed by Shri. Sellur K. Raju, Hon’ble Cooperation Minister, Govt. of Tamil Nadu.
  • In partnership with the Government of West Bengal, the Government of Uttarakhand, the National Bee Board and the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agriculture Science and Technology, Kashmir organized a webinar on “Sweet Revolution and Atmanirbhar Bharat” on the occasion of celebration of World Bee Day on 21.05.2020. Sh Narendra Singh Tomar, Hon’ble Agriculture & RD Minister, GoI addressed the webinar through video message. Dr Dhan Singh Rawat, Hon’ble Cooperation Minister, Gov of Uttarakhand participated in the proceedings and spoke of the advantages of this activity in doubling the farmers income.
  • An online interactive video talk on ‘Preventive Health in COVID Times’ on 29.05.2020 by Prof. Rakesh Yadav, Department of Cardiology, AIIMS, New Delhi to create awareness regarding dos and don’ts on preventive care which benefitted large number of participants including employees of NCDC.
  • Webinar on “Sahakar Suraksha: The Locust Issue for Agri-Cooperatives” on 5.06.2020 to create awareness on the burning issue of locust attack, one of the worst in last 60 years, in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and other parts of the country damaging standing crops. The webinar was attended by senior government officials of various departments, CEOs and MD of various enterprises, cooperative leaders, farmers associated with the cooperatives and recorded 2000 views on Youtube and Facebook as of now, with view-count continuous increasing. Dr. S.K. Malhotra, Agriculture Commissioner, DAC&FW, GoI was the key note speaker. Dr. Dinesh Sharma, Hon’ble Dy. Chief Minister, Government of Uttar Pradesh addressed the webinar through video message.
  • Webinar on “The Producer Cooperative Ecosystem: Collaborative approach by MoFPI and NCDC” on 12.06.2020. The webinar was held to take the national call of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India for “self reliance” under initiative of “Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan” to the next level through collaborative efforts by various functionaries. The webinar was attended by Dr.Manoj Joshi, Additional Secretary, MoFPI, GOI, Shri J.P. Meena, former Secretary, MoFPI and presently Senior Advisor to NCDC, Amb. Anil Trigunayath, former ambassador and advisor to NCDC, Managing Director, NCDC and senior officers from Head Office, LINAC and Regional Offices of NCDC. MD, NCDC in his address stated that Dr. Joshi, AS, MoFPI holds highest regards for cooperatives and knows their potential in achieving the objectives of “Atmanirbhar Bharat”. Further, MD, NCDC stated that cooperative have presence in all spheres of economic activity and mainly in agriculture and allied activities associated with food production and that NCDC with pan india presence with network of 18 Regional Offices can act as multiplier in enhancing the coverage of MoFPI scheme.
  • National workshop on ‘Entrepreneurship Development Through Duck Farming’ on 22 July 2020 in partnership with the Ministry of Rural Development, Govt of India, Indian Council for Agricultural Research, DARE, Govt of India, Govt of Bihar, Goa, Kerala and Manipur. Hon’ble Cooperative Minister Shri Nemcha Kipgen delivered the inaugural address with eminent speakers such as Shri C R Garg, Secretary Coop, Govt of Goa, Ms Bandana Preyashi, Secretary Coop, Govt of Bihar and Shri Tinku Biswal, Secretary AH, Govt of Kerala. Special address was given by Dr. B N Tripathi, DDG (AS), ICAR and the Keynote address was delivered by N N Sinha, Secretary (RD), GOI. The deliberation revolved around the technical aspect of duck farming and its importance specially in doubling farmers’ income. More than 400 participants attended the webinar.

    Other Webinars of National significance organised by NCDC:

    • National workshop on ‘New Ordinances: New Opportunities for Cooperatives’ in partnership with Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and Ministry of Food and Public Distribution on 03.09.2020.
    • Talk on ‘Preventive Health-ENT related issues’ by Dr. Nitin M Nagarkar, Director and CEO, AIIMS Raipur on 15.09.2020.
    • Workshop on ‘Official Languages Policy and its implementaion’ by Shri K.P.Sharma, Deputy Director, Official Languages, Ministry of Home Affairs on 17.09.2020.
    • Talk on ‘Sahakar Suraksha - Nutrition during Covid Times’ by Dr.Namreta Singh, Dietician, AIIMS, New Delhi on 21.10.2020.
    • Talk on ‘Satark Bharat, Samriddh Bharat (Vigilant India, Prosperous India)’ by Dr.AshokDalwai, CEO, of National Rainfed Area Authority (NRAA), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare on 01.11.2020.
    • Workshop on ‘Entrepreneurship Development on Seaweed Business by Cooperatives’ jointly organized by NEDAC, the Department of Fisheries, Government of India and the Laxmanrao Inamdar National Academy for Cooperative Research and Development (LINAC) of NCDC on 28.01.2021.
    • ‘KVK ICAR as CBBO - Roles & Responsibilities in FPO Scheme with NCDC’ on 26.02.2021.
    • Registration of Country’s first Farmer Producer Organisation (FPO) namely Krishak Utpadaka Sangathan and Audyanik Vipdan Sahakari Samiti Limitd, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh on 28.02.2021.

    NCDC celebrations of International Day of Cooperatives 2020:

    NCDC celebrated International Day of Cooperatives (IDC) on 3 July 2020. Shri C.K. Mishra, Former Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MOEF&CC), Government of India was the chief guest on the occasion. He addressed the senior management and regional directorates of NCDC on the theme “Cooperatives for Climate Action”.

    Cooperative Institutions Cyber-security Advisory Forum:

    NCDC initiated and formed a “Cooperative Institutions Cyber-security Advisory Forum” to make cooperative banks and other cooperative institutions aware of issues and developments related to cyber security and avoid any cyber related frauds or crimes. The forum has been set under the expert advice of Dr. Gulshan Rai, Former Cyber Security Head, (National Security Council Secretariat) NSCS, Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and with active partnership of National Federation of State Cooperative Banks Ltd. (NAFSCOB) and National Federation of Urban Cooperative Banks and Credit Societies Ltd. (NAFCUB) and other cooperative institutions.
    The first meeting of the forum was held in NCDC on 20th May, 2019 in NCDC Head Office which was attended by 29 members of NAFSCOB & NAFCUB including their Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers, Dr. Gulshan Rai gave a presentation on recent developments in cyber security and web related vulnerabilities which need to be guarded by banks through proper audits and checks etc. The respective banks also made presentations on the systems and infrastructure they have and also the regulatory requirements which they have to fulfil. Going forward, it was decided to have two Committees viz. (i) Operational Committee and (ii) Enabler Committee. The Operational Committee will consist of IT professionals and MDs of banks which will look into operational aspects of problems faced by banks and the Enablers Committee will look into the issues to be taken up with Government of India and others. Both the Committees will be co-chaired by Dr. Gulshan Rai, MD, NCDC; MD, NAFSCOB and President NAFCUB.

    In Service Training of NCDC Officers and exchange programmes:

    During 2019-20, NCDC sponsored 44 of its staff/officers in various Management Development Programmes, seminars, conferences, etc. conducted by reputed professional institutions as part of Human Resource activities to update their knowledge and skills. In addition, NCDC sponsored 137 of its staff/officers to its training institute (LINAC Academy) at Gurugram for undergoing tailor made training programmes.
    194 scholars from different institutions/Colleges in India and 51 foreign delegates from Nepal, France and Indonesia visited NCDC, Head Office at New Delhi. They were briefed on various activities and functions of NCDC.
    NCDC has nominated its officers for the “International Residential Senior Leadership Training Programme for Executives in Cooperatives” being conducted by NEDAC Training Centre, Bangkok (NTCB), at Bangkok from 24 to 28 June 2019. The objective of the programme is to learn about current global trends in agri and allied businesses, enable the participants to share experiences, showcase the successful approaches and business practices in various sectors of cooperatives, learn appropriate practices to enhance youth and women entrepreneurship and members’ centrality in cooperatives and acquire skills to guide and lead cooperatives.

    NCDC Regional Award for Cooperative Excellence and Merit 2018:

    NCDC instituted a Scheme to award primary cooperative for their excellence whereby awards are conferred to eight primary cooperative societies from each State/Union Territory each year. There are two awards each for the best PACS and women cooperatives and four awards for primary cooperatives in two prominent sectors in the State. The 1st Prize in each category is known as NCDC Award for Cooperative Excellence carrying a cash award of Rs.25000/- and the 2nd prize is known as NCDC Award for Cooperative Merit carrying an award of Rs.20000/- alongwith a certificate of recognition/citation. Selection is made by a Committee of four members constituted at the State Level under the Chairmanship of Secretary Cooperation or Registrar of Cooperative Societies and the Regional Director of NCDC, as member convener. The remaining two members of the Committee are nominated by the Chairman of the Committee.
    Hundred eleven (111) Primary Cooperatives across 25 States and 1 UT from various sectors were selected for the awards and the award ceremony was held at the State Level and presided by an eminent dignitary. Details of award winning societies are as under:


    Regional Office (No. of awardees) Category of Award Name & Address of the Society
    Patna (2) Special Category (Dairy) Excellence:-The Baner Primary Agricultural Cooperative Society Ltd., At/P.O. Baner, Village Jaipatna District Kalahandi.
    Merit:- Santoshpur Service Cooperative Society, At – Santoshpur PO – Vellora, PS – Basta, Dist Balasore
    Bangaluru (8) Best PACS Excellence: The Panja Primary Agricultural Credit Co-operative Society Ltd., L. 1028, PO-Panja Sullia Taluk, Dakshina Kannada District, Karnataka.
    Merit:- Kinnal Primary Agricultural Credit Cooperative Society Ltd., Kinnal, TQ & Dist Koppal, Karnataka.
    Special Category (Dairy) Excellence: Bhairumbe Milk Producers Co-op Society Ltd., Bhairumbe, Sirsi Taluk, Uttara Kannada District, Karnataka.
    Merit:- Kelgere Milk Producers Co-op Society, Channapatna Taluk, Ramnagara District, Karnataka
    Special Category (Processing) Excellence:Yadura Prathamik Krishi Pattina Sahakara Sangh Niyamitha, Chikodi Taluk, Belgaum District, Karnataka.
    Merit:Tarabanahalli Milk Producers women Co-op Society, Doddahejjajji PO, Doddaballapur TQ, Bangalore Rural District, Karnataka
    Best Women Cooperative Excellence:Mudhol Mahila Credit Souharda Sahakari Niyamitha, Mudhol, SS Patil Building, Anand Nagar, Bagalkot District, Karnataka.
    Merit:Yashaswini Mahila souharda Credit Co-operative Ltd., #107, Pipeline Main Road, Offices Model Colony, T. Dasarahalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka.
    Thiruvanan-thapuram(8) Best PACS Excellence:Calicut town Service Coop Bank, Town Bank tower, A.G Road, Kozhikode, Kerala.
    Merit:Peringandoor Service Coop Bank Ltd., No. 297, Athani, Thissur District, Kerala
    Special Category (Labour, SC/ ST, Coir Handloom & Dairy) Excellence:The Uralungal Labour Contract Cooperative society Ltd., Madapally College P.O, Vatakara, Kozhikode, Kerala.
    Merit:Narakkal Nayarambalam Fishermen Development Welfare Cooperative society Ltd. No. FE 14/87 CZ, Aaratuvazhi, Narakkal, Eranakulam Dist. Kerala.
    Special Category (Cooperative Hospital) Excellence:Cherpulassery Cooperative Hospital Ltd., Cherpulassery P.O, Palakkad Dist. Kerala
    Merit:EMS Memorail Cooperative hospital & research centre, P.B No - 25, Perinthalmana, Malappuram, Dist. Kerala
    Best Women Cooperative Excellence:Neillimoodu Vanitha Co-operative Society Ltd., Neillimoodu P.O., Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
    Merit:Elenthikara Vanitha Co-operative Society Ltd., Elenthikara, P.O Eranakulam (Dist.), Kerala
    Kolkata (West Bengal) (8) Best PACS Excellence:Jhaugeria Purbamukundapur SKUS Ltd., Vill - Purbamukundapur, P.O - Jhaugeria, PS - Digha Mohana Costal, Dist. - Purba Medinipur, West Bengal.
    Merit:Chandanpur SKUS Ltd. Vill - Sultanpur, PO - Erenda, Dist. Purba Medinipur, West Bengal.
    Special Category (Agriculture Marketing) Excellence:Daspur Block - Cooperative Agriculture Marketing Society Ltd. Vill - Chechua Gobindanagar, P.O - Sekendary, District - Paschim Madinapur, West Bengal.
    Merit:Jhalda Large Sized Agriculture Primary Marketing Cooperative Society Ltd., Purulia District, West Bengal
    Special Category (Consumer) Excellence:Haldia Indian oil Employees 'Consumers' co-operative stores ltd., cluster -11, IOC haldia township, District - Purba medinipur, West Bengal.
    Merit:Haldia Dock Complex Consumers cooperative society ltd., Cluster - 5, Haldia Township, District - Purba medinipur, West Bengal.
    Best Women Cooperative Excellence:Bagnan-I Mahila Bikash Co-op credit society Ltd., Howrah District, Vill + P.O Bengalpur, West Bengal.
    Merit:Calcutta Mahila Cooperative Credit Society Ltd., ARDB Training Center Block-14, CIT scheme VIIIM, Ultadanga, Kolkata, West Bengal
    Kolkata (Sikkim) (3) Best PACS Excellence: Luing Perbing Multipurpose Co-op Society Ltd., Luing Perbing, East Sikkim.
    Special Category (Dairy)) Excellence:Kadamtam Womens Milk PCS Ltd., Kadamtam, East Sikkim.
    Best Women Cooperative Excellence:Nayuma Women's coop society ltd., lall bazaar, Gangtok, East Sikkim.
    Dehradun (8) Best PACS Excellence:Bahudessiya Kisan Sewa Sahkari Samiti Ltd., Sewla Kalan (Majra), Dehradun, Uttarakhand.
    Merit:Bahudessiya Sadhan Sahakari Samiti Ltd., Duadhar, Narendranagar, Tihari Garhwal, Uttarakhand
    Special Category (Dairy) Excellence:Dugdh Utpadak Sahakari Samiti Ltd., Sanjay Natar, Uttranchal, lal Kuan, Nainital, Uttarakhand.
    Merit:Dugdh Utpadak Sahakari Samiti Ltd., Futkuan, Devalchor, Nainital, Uttarakhand
    Special Category (SC/ST society) Excellence:Nanheda Anantpur Kisan Sewa Sahakari Samiti Ltd., FSS, Haridwar, Uttarakhand.
    Merit:Syalsi Deerghakar Bahudessiya Sadhan Sah. Samiti ltd., Jaunpur, Tihari Garhwal, Uttarakhand.
    Best Women Cooperative Excellence:Mahila Dugdh Utpadak Sahakari Samiti Ltd., Chandni Chowk, Kaladunghi, Nainital, Uttarakhand.
    Merit:Mahila Dugdh Utpadak Sahakari Samiti Ltd., Chorajali, Kaladunghi, Nainital, Uttarakhand
    Gandhinagar (Gujarat) (8) Best PACS Excellence:Shree Kolithad Juth Seva Sahakari Mandali Ltd., At&Po. Kolithad, Tal: Gondal. Dist: Rajkot, Gujarat
    Merit:Shree Sevani Sewa Sahakari Mandli Ltd., At. Po. Sevani, Tal: Kamrej, Dist: Surat, Gujarat
    Special Category (Dairy) Excellence:Shree Varmadhar Dudh Utpadak Sahakari Mandli Ltd., At. & Po. Varmadhar, Tal: Thangadh, Dist: Surendranagar, Gujarat
    Merit:The Vaghanera Dudh Utpadak S.M.Ltd. Vaghaner Po-Rupan, Ta- Mandli, District- Surat, Gujarat
    Special Category (Sugar) Excellence:Shree Khedut Sahakari Khand Udyog mandlli Ltd.Pandavai, Ta- hansot, Dist- Bharuch, Gujarat.
    Merit:Shree Madhi Vibhag Khand Udyog Sahakari mandlli Ltd. At & Post-Madhi-394340, Ta-Bardoli, Dist- Surat, Gujarat.
    Best Women Cooperative Excellence:Shree Sorath Mahila Vikas Sahkari Mandli Ltd, Ambuja Foundation, Ambujanagar, Kodinar Dist-Gir Somnath-362720, Gujarat
    Merit:Shree Junagadh Mahila Sarafi Sahkari Mandli Ltd J B Complex, Third Floor, Near Bus stand S T Road Dist-Junagadh Gujarat.
    Gandhinagar (Daman & Diu) (2) Special Category (Fisheries) Excellence:Shree Mahakaleshwar fisheries Cooperative societies Ltd Gomtimata Road, Saudwadi (Diu).
    Merit:Matsya Udyog Vividh Karyakari Sahkari society Ltd Damanganga River Road Near Fisheries office Nani Daman.
    Ranchi (3) Best PACS Excellence:Potka Grameen Poultry Coop. Society Ltd. East Singhbhum, Jharkhand
    Best Women Cooperative Excellence:Namkum LAMPS Ltd., Namkum, Ranchi, Jharkhand.
    Merit:: Peterwar Grameen Poultry Self-Supporting Coop. Society Ltd., Peterwar, Bokaro, Jharkhand
    Lucknow (2) Best PACS Excellence:Pinna Kisan Sewa Sahkari Samiti Ltd., Pinna Block–Purkazi, Post Vaghra, District Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh.
    Merit:Lakpedaganj Kisan Sewa Sahkari Samiti Ltd., Block-Nakha, District Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh.
    Bhubaneswar (3) Best PACS Excellence:BANER PACS Ltd., At/PO-Baner, Via. Jaipatna, Dist. – Kalahandi, Odisha.
    Merit:Santoshpur Service Cooperative Soc. Ltd., At-Santoshpur, PO-Velora, Dist. Balasore, Odisha
    Special Category (Fisheries) Excellence:Samudrika Machhya Utpadaka Banijya Prathamika Samabaya Samiti Ltd. At-Fishery Harbour, PO-Paradeep, Dist.-Jagatsinghpur, Odisha
    Raipur (4) Best PACS Excellence:Seva Sahakari Samiti Maryadit, Aundhi, Raipur.
    Merit:Vrihtakar krishi Sakh Sakhari Samiti Maryadit, Gadadih, Raipur
    Special Category (Dairy) Excellence:Dugdh Utpadak Sahakari Samiti Maryadit, Chipawan, Raipur
    Merit:Dugdh Utpadak Sahakari Samiti Maryadit, Narotra, Raipur.
    Pune (Maharashtra) (6) Best PACS Excellence:Rajuri Vividh Karyakari Seva Sahakari Society Ltd., Rajuri, Taluka Junnar, Dist. Pune, Maharashtra.
    Merit:Ambavade Vividh Karyakari Seva Sahakari Sanstha Maryadit, Dist. Satara, Maharashtra
    Special Category (Sugar) Excellence:Sahakarmaharshi Bhausaheb Thorat Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana Ltd., Amrutnagar, Post Sangamner, Taluka Sngamner, Dist. Ahmednagar, Maharashtra.
    Merit:Vitthalrao Shinde Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana Ltd.,Gangamainagar, Pimpalner, Taluka Madha, Dist. Solapur, Maharashtra
    Special Category (Spinning ) Excellence:Hutatma Swami Warke Cooperative Spinning Mill Ltd., Mudhal Dist. Kolhapur, Maharashtra
    Best Women Cooperative Excellence:Annapurna Mahila Coop. Credit Society Ltd., C Wing, Shubham Heights, Service Road, Warje, Pune, Maharashtra.
    Pune (Goa) (3) Best PACS Excellence:Pedne Taluka Farmers’ Service Cooperative Society Ltd. Sahakar Bhavan , Pedne , Goa
    Merit:Kurdi Vividh Karyakari Sahakari Seva Society Ltd. Sahakar Sadan , Gokulwadi, Sanquelim, Goa
    Special Category Excellence:Karmali Corlim Multipurpose Cooperative Society Ltd. Goa
    Bhopal (4) Best PACS Excellence:Adimjati Seva Sahakari Sanstha Mydt., Sonrva, Alirajpur, Madhya Pradesh
    Special Category (Marketing) Excellence:Marketing Cooperative Society, Petlawad, Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh
    Special Category (Thrift) Excellence:Sadguru Sakh Sahakari Sanstha Mydt., 41 Subhash Marg, Near Nalkha Darwaza Dhar, Madhya Pradesh.
    Best Women Cooperative Excellence:Swashri Mahila Saakh Sahakari Sanstha Mydt., 59 B, Sudaman Nagar, Behind Maharashtra Bank, Annapuma Road, lndore, Madhya Pradesh
    Shimla (1) Best PACS Excellence:The Paunta Agriculture Service Cooperative Society Ltd., Paunta, P.O. Paunta, Tehsil Sarkaghat, District Mandi, HP
    Chandigarh Jammu & Kashmir (2) Best PACS Excellence:Multipurpose Cooperative Society Handwara Ltd., Tehsil Handwara, District Kupwara, Jammu & Kashmir.
    Best Women Cooperative Excellence:The Tullamullah Ganderbal Milk Producers and Dairy/Poultry Cooperative Society Ltd., District Ganderbal, Jammu & Kashmir
    Guwahati (Assam) (1) Special Category (Consumer ) Merit:Karimganj Wholesale Consumer Station Road, P.O. Karimganj, Assam
    Guwahati (Mizoram) (1)   Merit:Champai Town MPCS
    Guwahati (Manipur) (2) Best PACS Excellence:The Khabam Maning Leikai Weavers Cooperative Society P.O. Mantripukhri, District Imphal, East Manipur.
    Best Women Cooperative Merit:The Utlou Weavers Cooperative Society Utlou, Bishnupur Dist., Manipur.
    Guwahati (Meghalaya) (1) Special Category (Consumer ) Merit:Departmental Cooperative Consumers Store Ltd. R&R Colony, P.O. Rynjah, Shillong, Meghalaya
    Guwahati (Tripura) (5) Best PACS Excellence:Pragati PACS, P.O. Paschim Bhubanban, Mohanpur, West Tripura.
    Merit:Netaji PACS Sarasimha, P.O. Belonia, South Tripura District
    Special Category (Marketing) Excellence:Kumarghat PMCS., P.O.Kumarghat, Unokoti, Tripura.
    Merit:Udaipur PMCS Udaipur, Gomati District, Tripura
    Best Women Cooperative Excellence:Popular Women Coop. Credit & Thrift Society, Tepania, Udaipur, Dist. Gomati, Tripura
    Jaipur (2) Best PACS Excellence:Shri Ram Gram Sewa Sahkari Samiti Ltd., Hingonia, Ajmer, Rajasthan
    Merit:Borkheda Gram Sewa Sahkari Samiti Ltd., Borkheda, Kota, Rajasthan.
    Chennai (9) Best PACS Excellence:Vanavasi Primary Agri. Coop. Credit Society Ltd., Vanavasi PO, Mettur Tk, Salem District, Tamil Nadu
    Merit:Muhilanvilai Primary Agricultural Coop. Credit Society Ltd., Monikettipottal PO, Kanyakumar District, Tamil Nadu
    Special Category Excellence:DD 424 Educational and Electricity Generation & Distribution Coop. T&C Society Ltd., Periyakulam PO, Theni District, Tamil Nadu.
    Merit:Athimalaipattu Arignar Anna Cotton-cum-Silk Handloom Weavers Coop. Prodn. & Sale Socy Ltd., Anthanar Street, Athimalaipattu, Onnupuram Post-632315, Ami Tk, Tiruvannamalai District, Tamil Nadu
    Excellence:SN 208 Pallipalayam Farmers Service Coop. Society Ltd., Pallipalayam Erode 638006, Namakkal District, Tamil Nadu.
    Merit:Salem Dist. Starch and Sago Mfrs Service Industrial Coop. Society Ltd., Salem, Tamil Nadu.
    Best Women Cooperative Excellence:Kancheepuram Ladies Tailoring Coop. Society Ltd., No.14, Theerar Sathyamoorthy Street, Lyyappa Nagar, Sevilimedu, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu
    Merit:Velapadi Womens Tailoring and Small Service Cooperative Society Ltd., Vellore District, Tamil Nadu
    Merit:Nilgiris District Tailoring Women Development Cooperative Society Ltd., Coop. Credit Society Ltd. Ananda Oil Depot Building, ATC, Ooty, Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu.
    Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh) (8) Best PACS Excellence:The Kolavennu PACS, Kolavenunu, Kankipadu Mandal, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh
    Merit:The Andhra Bank FSCS, Sathanapalli Mandal, Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh
    Special Category Excellence:The Krishna District Lorry Owners Mutually aided Coop. Stores Ltd., Vijayawada, Krishan District, Andhra Pradesh
    Merit:SV Medical College Student's Coop. Stores Ltd., Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh
    Excellence:Dubacharia Milk Producers Cooperative Society Ltd., Nallajarla, West Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh.
    Merit:Gundugolanu Milk Producers Cooperative Society Ltd., Nallajarla, West Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh
    Best Women Cooperative Excellence:Gudluru Women Cooperative Society Ltd., Prakasam District, Andhra Pradesh
    Merit:Benkili WMACVS Ltd., Srikakulam District, Andhra Pradesh
    Hyderabad (Telangana) (7) Best PACS Excellence:Choppadandi Primary Agricultural Coop. Society Ltd., Agricultural Market Road, Choppadandi – 505415, Karimnagar District, Telangana
    Merit:: Palavoncha Large Sized Coop. Credit Society Ltd., Palvancha, K.S.P Road, Beside Netaji College, Palvancha Mandal Bhadradri Kothagudem Dist., Telangana
    Special Category (Fisheries) Excellence:Kandikal Fishermen Coop. Society, Kandikal, Boiguda, Chakrinaka, Hyderabad, Telangana
    Merit:Fisherwomen Cooperative Society Ltd., Shaikpet, Hyderabad, Telangana.
    Special Category (Sheep & goat) Excellence:Sri Ramakrishna Primary Sheep Breeders Coop. Society Ltd., Indloor, Thipparthy Mandal, Nalgonda District, Telangana
    Best Women Cooperative Excellence:Vidhyutha Nagar Mutually Aided Coop. Society Ltd., Rama Chandrapuram Mandal, Vidhyuth Nagar Village, Sangareddy District, Telangana
    Merit:Sadhana Mutually Aided Coop. Society Ltd., Nelakondapalli Mandal & Village, Khammam District, Telangana.

    Regional Workshop on Strengthening Women Cooperatives:

    The General Council, NCDC in its 82nd Meeting held on 21.11.2017 while commending the success of the two day ‘National Workshop on Strengthening Women Cooperative’ held in March 2017 at New Delhi suggested that similar workshops at Regional level be organised - one in each region of the country including the North East.
    The main objectives of the workshops was to highlight the role of Women Cooperatives in Doubling the Farmers’ Income by 2022 and the action taken by NCDC to re-invigorate its efforts to meet the core requirements of the agriculture and allied sector cooperatives, understanding Women’s Cooperatives’ needs and to provide a platform for them to voice their recommendations for their development and NCDC initiative to encourage entrepreneurs to start new business under its new Scheme ‘Yuva Sahakar- Cooperative Enterprise Support and Innovation Scheme’.

    NCDC organised five workshops for Women in Cooperatives in 2018-19:

    • Chennai - 16 August 2018: Organized at Natesan Institute of Cooperative Management for the benefit of women cooperatives in the Southern Region, the workshop was attended by 96 women participants representing women cooperatives from Andhra Pradesh & Telangana (6), Karnataka (5), Kerala (4), Tamil Nadu (73) and Puducherry (8).
    • Guwahati - 20 August 2018: The Workshop at Guwahati for North Eastern Region was attended by 250 people including 196 women members. Women cooperative societies from Hatigaon, Golaghat, Nagaon, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Tezpur, Jorhat and Project Implementation Team of IFAD, Nagaland were part of the gathering, The workshop was inaugurated by the Minister for Cooperation and Public Health Engineering Department, Government of Assam.
    • Ranchi - 31 August 2019: The Workshop for the Eastern Region was held at Visvesvaraya Sanitation & Water Academy (VISWA), in which 42 women participants representing cooperatives from the States of Jharkhand, Bihar, Orissa, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh participated in the workshop. The Workshop was inaugurated by Smt. Asha Lakra, Hon’ble Mayor, Ranchi.
    • Rajkot on 15 October 2018: Coinciding with 15 October each year being Mahila Kisan Diwas as declared by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, a workshop was held on 15 October 2018 at Rajkot, Gujarat. More than 500 women members of various cooperative societies (PACS, Dairy, Banking etc) of Saurashtra Regions (i.e. Rajkot, Morbi, etc.) and Madhya Pradesh participated.
    • Varanasi - 30 October 2018: For the northern region the workshop was organised at Varanasi. The event witnessed a gathering of women across various states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand etc. all associated in various agriculture and related activities.

    The workshops received an overwhelming response and the feedback from the participant’s and recommendations drawn include:

    • Need for financial assistance for creation of infrastructure and margin money/ working capital for expanding their business operations.
    • A systematic & planned approach towards capacity development and the need for specific allocation of funds for training.
    • NCDC and other institutions should endeavour to increase outreach, hand-holding to women cooperatives for formulation of projects, filling up loan applications & other documentation.
    • Relaxation in the norms for accessing funds as most women cooperatives are unable to meet the stipulation with regard to providing security for loans.
    • Need to identify secondary agriculture activities to supplement farm income.


    • Fellowships for Faculty Development Programme (FDP) at IIM-Ahmedabad and IIM-Indore to develop professional skills and training capability of cooperative institutions
    • Fellowships for development of managerial skills of managers/executives of cooperatives at VAMNICOM, Pune.

    Study visits:

    Study visits for the Directors of BoM, Chairman, CEOs and other key personnel of cooperative societies to good working societies within the country to help them learn success factors and develop conviction and replicate the success.

    Other Promotional and Development Activities:

    Under its promotional and developmentalrole, NCDC has awarded 58 Fellowships for Faculty Development Programme (FDP) in Management at Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmadabad and IIM, lndore. Further, LINAC has awarded 57 fellowships for Post-Graduation Diploma in Cooperative Business Management (PGDCBM) by VAMNICOM, Pune of which one was awared in FY 2020-21. NCDC organises Study Visits for Board of Directorsofcooperative societies to good working societies. NCDC has organised 25 such study visits during last 10 years to identified good working cooperative societies.