NABARD was set up as an apex Development Bank with a mandate for facilitating credit flow for promotion and development of agriculture, small-scale industries, cottage and village industries, handicrafts and other rural crafts. It also has the mandate to support all other allied economic activities in rural areas, promote integrated and sustainable rural development and secure prosperity of rural areas. NABARD's strategies, inter alia, cover formulation and circulation of Model Bankable Schemes and Location Specific Bankable Schemes to the financing banks.
Natural Resource Management Center (NRMC)
NABARD has set up a full-fledged Natural Resource Management Centre (NRMC) at Kolkata. Natural resources in the context of agriculture and rural development mainly comprise of land, water, forest, energy, biological and climate resources needed to sustain and improve quality of life(http://www.nabard.org/nrmc/nrmchome.asp).
Sugarcane Breeding Institute (SBI), Coimbatore, India, one of the pioneering breeding institutes in the world was established in 1912, to evolve superior varieties of sugarcane to cater to the needs of the various agro-climatic zones in the country. The highly valued varieties of sugarcane evolved by the Institute have elevated the status of the nation from a sugar importer to the largest manufacturer of sugar in the world today.
Indian varieties are being grown and used as breeding stocks in 26 other countries in the world. The Institute also is the repository of the largest collection of sugarcane germ plasm in the world. http://www.sugarcane.res.in and http://caneinfo.nic.in/
AgSri has been established to promote the innovative solutions to the agriculture and water sector. AgSri is working on field based methods such as SRI- System of Rice intensification, SSI- Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative which improve the productivity of land, labour and resources all at the same time through reorientation of our knowledge and training systems. It is possible to improve the productivity of agriculture with fewer inputs. There are now options for farmers to adapt to simple, but integrated methods to improve the productivity while reducing seed, water, fertilizers and pesticides. AgSri is innovating, packaging, implementing and scaling farm-based technologies, which have successfully demonstrated their potential to increase yields which benefit farmers and industry. (www.agsri.com).