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Agriculture and Rural Development is an important part of the NABARD Grade A Exam. To score good marks on the paper, candidates require extensive knowledge in the field of agricultural finance. In this blog, we are providing you free notes on various topics including the Agriculture Finance Ebook for NABARD Grade A. We will be discussing the classification of Agriculture Finance needs and the various sources of Agri-Finance. These study notes would help you score well in your ARD paper for the NABARD Grade A Exam.

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Agriculture Finance Ebook for NABARD Grade A – Notes

Let’s begin with understanding the Classification of Agriculture Finance Needs -:

Classification of Agriculture Finance Needs

The need for Agricultural Finance can be classified into 2 categories -:

1. On the Basis of Time -: Agriculture Finance requirements on the basis of time can be further categorized into 3 types – Short Term, Medium Term, and Long Term. The details of these 3 types are given below.

2. On the Basis of Purpose -: Under this category, the needs of farmers are divided into 3 types as well. They are Productive, Consumptive, and Unproductive. Details of all 3 types are given below.

1. Time-Based Agriculture Finance Needs (Loans)

» Short Term -: These loans are taken to meet needs like payment of labor wages, buying of fertilizers, pesticides, seeds, fodder (for livestock), etc. These loans are for a period of up to 15 months. Farmers usually turn to Cooperative societies and money lenders to meet their short-term Agricultural Finance needs.

» Medium-Term -: Purchase of Agricultural Equipment, Cattle, building/repairing of wells on farmland, etc comes under medium-term needs. The loans taken to meet these demands are usually for a period ranging from 15 months to 5 years. Agencies like commercial banks, cooperative societies, money lenders, etc. provide loans to meet the medium-term needs of agricultural Finance.

» Long Term -: When Farmers want to purchase new land, Agri equipment like tractors, etc. long-term loans are required. These are for a period of more than 5 years. These loans are provided by Commercial Banks, Primary Cooperative Agricultural and Rural Development Banks (PCARDBS), etc.

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2. Purpose-Based Agriculture Finance Needs

» Productive -: Needs that have a direct impact on productivity and the loans/credit taken to meet them come under this category. It would include buying fertilizers, seeds, small agricultural equipment, land improvement, wages, etc. These needs are met by loans from institutional credit agencies.

» Consumptive -: Small farmers sometimes require credit to meet their consumption needs because of the lack of capital wealth with them. These types of needs are met by taking loans from money lenders.

» Unproductive -: Under this type, the financial assistance required for non-productive expenses like marriages and family functions or emergencies, etc are included. These types of needs are also met by taking credit/loans from Moneylenders.

After understanding the Agricultural Finance needs now let’s look at the Sources of Agriculture Finance and their classification.

Sources of Agriculture Finance

These can be classified into 2 types -:

1. Institutional Sources
2. Non-Institutional Sources

1. Institutional Sources of Agricultural Finance

» Government -: Government Supports Agriculture Finance through Tacavvi Loans (during natural calamities), farm loan waivers, Credit Schemes (Kisan Credit Card scheme), etc.

» Cooperative Credit Societies -: It includes Primary Agricultural Credit Societies (PACs), District Central Cooperative Banks (DCCBs), State Co-operative Banks (SCBs) for Short term credit, and for Long term credit we have Primary Co-operative Agriculture and Rural Development Banks (PCARDBs) and State Co-operative Agriculture and Rural Development Banks (SCARDBs).

» Commercial Banks – They play a major role under governments’ lead bank scheme in which rural districts have been assigned to various major banks who have to coordinate with the local RRBs and cooperative banks for the Agricultural and rural development of the district.

» Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) -: They work in coordination with commercial banks to meet credit needs for Agriculture.

» Microfinancing – This includes Local Self Help Groups (SHGs), and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) that provide small loans without collateral.

2. Non-Institutional Sources of Agricultural Finance

» Traditional Money Lenders – Village Mahajan, Sahukars, Seths, etc.

» Relatives

» Landlords

» Gold Shopkeepers.

Agriculture Finance – Role of NABARD

NABARD – National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development is the apex body in the field of Agricultural Finance in India. NABARD was formed in 1982. It is the Nodal Agency for running government schemes for Agricultural Finance like –

  • Rural Infrastructure Development Fund
  • Micro Finance Innovations
  • Kisan Credit Card Schemes
  • Interest Subsidy for Short-Term Credit to Farmers, etc.

The responsibility of NABARD is the development of the Institutionalized Credit system for Agriculture in India. For this, It provides short, medium, and long-term loans to all institutionalized credit agencies like Commercial Banks, RRBs, DCCBs, SCBs, etc.

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