Shakti Agro Program started in 2009 to help disadvantaged members working in the agricultural sector.
The program supports marginal and semi-marginal farmers in their farming and agricultural practices. It focuses on educating farmers on use of fertilizers, proper cultivation of crops, modern agricultural equipment and technology for productive output. It also provides agro loans with service charge that are affordable to farmers. The Agro loans take into account the farmer’s land and production cost to set the loan ceiling. Shakti also facilitates appropriate market connections to ensure members receive fair prices for their products and mitigates exploitation. The Agro program targets rural areas as well as semi-urban areas.
In 2017 several innovative steps were taken that brought new life into the sector. The program has expanded and new branches have opened. Agro program now covers 11 areas with its 64 branches and has 35,070 members.