The National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development (NABARD) is India’s specialised bank that was set up after the recommendation from the CRAFICARD (Committee to Review Arrangements for Institutional Credit for Agricultural and Rural Department), arranged by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). On 12th July of 1982, NABARD came into existence and replaced the ACD (Agricultural Credit Department), ARDC (Agricultural Refinance and Development Corporation and RBI’s RPCC (Rural Planning and Credit Cell). The apex development bank was established with an intention to provide focus and undivided attention to the credit problems rooting out of integrated rural development.
NABARD provides various refinance and direct finance options.
There are three categories of refinancing options from NABARD:
Agriculture in this modern age requires a huge recurring investment for seeds, insecticides, fertilisers and expensive agricultural machinery and equipment. For these needs, farmers require more than just credit arrangement should extend beyond such provision of credit. The crop loan or the production based lending was devised to analysing the requirements of funds based on the real cost and productivity.
The PCD or the Production Credit Department provides short term refinance facilities to clients for production, procurement and marketing activities. The details are as follows:
NABARD provides refinancing options to State Cooperative Banks and Regional Rural Banks for the purpose of production. Credit limits are sanctioned to these banks at concessional interest rates. The repayment tenure of the sanctioned credit limit is 12 months.
For times in which Cooperative Banks do not have the capacity to sufficiently fund PACS, a new product for refinancing was introduced in 2011-12. The refinance product can be used to finance PACs via RRBs and PSBs.
The loan limit is sanctioned to RRBs and SCBs.
Short Term refinance support is provided to weavers associations and societies through various banks:
|Entity & Requirement||Bank|
|Primary or Apex or Regional Weavers Coop Society – working capital||State Cooperative Bank or DCCBs|
|Primary Weavers Coop Society – working capital||Scheduled Commercial Bank|
|State Handloom Development Corporation – working capital||Scheduled Commercial Banks & State Cooperative Banks|
|Individual weavers, mutually aided cooperative societies, producer group companies, handloom weavers groups, master weavers – working capital and marketing||RRBs and Scheduled Commercial Banks|
Farmers whose crops get damaged owing to natural calamities can also look at getting financial support from NABARD. In this case, farmers can convert current short term agricultural loans into medium term loans. They can also reschedule or rephrase an existing MT loan. The total loan limit is sanctioned to SCBs and RRBs.
Long term loans are provided by NABARD as an investment credit that results in generating capital by the way of upgraded technology or improved techniques. The asset creation leads to an increase in productivity, production and income of entrepreneurs and farmers. This is referred to as long term loan as it is given for a duration of 3 to 15 years.
Long term loans are provided to the following sectors:
The institutions eligible for medium term refinance are:
There are various schemes under the ARS that can be broadly classified into five unique and compact schemes:
The MNRE (Ministry of New and Renewable Energy) has introduced a capital cum interest subsidy scheme for creating renewable sources of energy at small and domestic commercial level. NABARD serves as the agency that offers feasibility and refinance to the projects that are eligible.
NABARD provides investment credit to the eligible banks offering housing as well as business loans to the agriculturist and non-agriculturists of the rural areas.
NABARD had been granted Rs. 2000 crore as a special fund by RBI for providing credit to Food Parks, also known as agro-processing units. The fund is referred to as the Food Processing Fund – 2014-15. The fund is provided either directly or through other financing agencies via consortium arrangements.
The purpose of this fund is to aid in the development of the food processing sector in the country, create job opportunities and reduce wastage of agricultural produce.
Features of Food Processing Fund:
NABARD was allocated Rs. 5000 crore in 2014-15 to aid in building an infrastructure for the storage of agricultural commodities. The fund was labelled as the Warehouse Infrastructure Fund of 2014-15. The fund gives loans to private and public sectors for construction of cold storages, silos, warehouses and other cold chain infrastructure.
Features of Warehouse Infrastructure Fund:
Marketing federations and cooperatives are involved in procurement of agricultural products such as milk, etc. The federations carry out activities such as aggregation, value addition, storage and marketing of the agricultural commodity. NABARD provides timely short term financial support to meet the day to day requirements of these cooperatives and federations.
RIDF or Rural Infrastructure Development Fund was established at NABARD with an intention to provide low cost credit support to State Governments and corporations owned buy them. The loans could be availed for the purpose of expediting ongoing projects including soil conservation, medium to minor irrigation, watershed management and other rural infrastructure related projects.
NABARD offers loans or credit to Co-operative Banks (StCBs or DCCBs) through their product called the Short Term Multipurpose Credit Product or STMPCP. This lending scheme enables the above mentioned financial institutions to profit more by diversifying business operations by expanding their lendable resources.
NABARD has set up the Producers Organisation Development Fund (PODF) in an attempt to support producer organisations. NABARD offers credit support in the form of loans, grants, or both.
NIDA has been designed for financially supporting State Governments and organisations owned by the state government. NIDA provided credit support for longer repayment tenures and flexible terms. The NIDA funding is a term loan and provides up to a repayment tenure of 15 years.
PACS provides facilities such as agro-storage, processing, service, transportation and marketing to the farmers. NABARD supports some PACS who are identified by PODF’s committee.
The UPNRM project was launched to streamline NRM related interventions by integrating existing as well as future Indo-German NRM efforts of the NABARD. The initiative enables NABARD’s possibility to specialise in the country’s NRM issues.
The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) conducted a state-level workshop in the state of Odisha recently. It was held in order to explain the multiple concepts of the new loan under its RIDF scheme to the concerned departments of the state government. Finance Minister Shashi Bhusan Behera launched the workshop along with Finance Principal Secretary Tuhin Kanta Pandey and Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan. The finance minister said that these rural infrastructure investments support in enhancing the social as well as economic status of the individuals living in villages.
8th September 2017
For Corporation Bank’s contribution towards SHG-bank linkage programme, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) has awarded the bank “best performer” for 2015-16 and 2016-17. In a statement, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) said that the bank was given the award for its overall performance under SHG-bank linkage programme for 2015-16 and 2016-17 among commercial banks operating in Karnataka. According to the stats, the bank has formed more than 1.32 lakh self-help groups (SHGs) till date.
18th August 2017
In a post-demonetisation relief measure for farmers who had taken short-term crop loans from cooperative banks, NABARD (The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development) has effected a waiver in interest rates. A waiver for two months – November and December, on all short-term crop loans will be effective from 1st April, 2016 to 30th October, 2016. The waiver will take effect for outstanding loans of that period. NABARD has issued necessary guidelines to all cooperative banks in order to carry out immediate implementation of the interest waiver.
3rd February 2017
National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) have prepared a potential linked credit plan (PLP) amounting to an Rs.10, 517.38 crore for loan lending towards the priority sector in Dakshina Kannada, the coastal district of Karnataka. In a time where the government has been doing its best to reduce the number of suicides by farmers who are burdened with loans, the NABARD is literally their knight in shining armour galloping towards Dakshina Kannada with their proposed loan lending plan. Their main objective is to double a farmer’s income by providing personal loans with manageable interest rates. According to the proposed plan, Rs.4,778 crore has to be disbursed to the agriculture sector and Rs.1,819 crore to the micro, small and medium enterprises sector. With personal loans being made easily available for development in Dakshina Kannada, the basic objective of the potential linked credit plan (PLP) of mapping the current potential for development through bank credit can easily be achieved.
5th January 2017
In an official statement released on Friday, the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has said that it has sanctioned a loan of Rs 19,702 to National Water Development Authority for commencement of 50 irrigation projects in 11 states. These projects aim to strengthen the irrigational potential by adding 39.14 lakh hectares in the said 11 states. The sanctioned amount will be distributed to the respective state governments as centre’s share in the projects.
27th October 2016
A new scheme has been launched by NABARD that will benefit farmers greatly. The Special Area Development Scheme (ADS) is designed to help farmers double their income. The scheme aims at securing a livelihood for the agricultural population of the country. Under ADS, farmers will be encouraged to diversify their production and include other activities such as high-value crop cultivation, drumstick cultivation, pandal-based vegetables and more. Water resource development will be enhanced through the recharge of borewells. The scheme will also help enable farm mechanization that will eventually reduce the cost of farming and will lead to an increase in productivity. NABARD has released a booklet containing important information regarding the scheme which will be pivotal in implementing the scheme after considering the problems faced by the agricultural sector and other allied activities.
23rd September 2016
Nabard for the first time will provide funds for irrigation projects. Nabard is usually known for funding financial aid for roads. National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development aims to raise about Rs.6, 000 crores through private placement and will forward the funds to the centre for their irrigation projects. According to Harsh Kumar Bhanwala, chairman of Nabard stated that funds will be transferred under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana. A memorandum of agreement is signed between Nabard and the Water Resource Ministry stating the same. This will fund 99 important irrigation projects under PMKSY. Bhanwala addresses a leading newspaper, BuisnessLine and stated that Nabard will provide the total estimated amount of Rs.77, 000 crores for irrigation projects as promised.
13th September 2016