Agricultural and rural credit has played a vital role in supporting farm production and livelihood of the rural population. Following shifts in consumption and dietary patterns of people from cereals to non-cereal products, a silent transformation is taking place in rural areas calling for diversification in agricultural production and value addition processes in order to protect employment and incomes of the rural population. Initiatives are needed for promotion of different segments of agriculture and agro-industry: horticulture, dairying, sericulture, aquaculture, pisciculture, poultry, vegetables, meat, food processing, other agro-processing and the like. Besides agriculture, non-farm sector, housing and other activities are also growing. In the changing scenario, strong and viable rural financial institutions are needed to cater to the requirements of finance for supporting different activities. For efficient delivery of credit and other financial services, availability of competent staff with right attitude is very important. Further, there is a need for continued efforts for capacity building of the staff to meet the challenges posed by the changes in the economy, policy environment, business profile, etc.
The training will focus on such issues and will be given by Bankers Institute of Rural Development (BIRD) which is a premier institute for providing training, research and consultancy services in the field of agriculture and rural development banking in India. BIRD has been promoted by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD). During its journey spanning over 35 years, it has been planning, designing and conducting a variety of training programs catering to the ever changing needs of its clientele. The Institute has been established primarily for the capacity building of the personnel engaged in the field of agriculture and rural development banking. The clientele of the Institute comprises Commercial Banks, Regional Rural Banks, Co-operative Banks, Government Agencies and Departments associated with rural development activities, Non-Governmental Organizations(NGOs) working for the socio-economic uplift of rural poor and even corporates pursuing CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) activities. The participants are generally senior and middle level officials of these organizations.