Agriculture cooperatives have been playing a significant role in stepping upto the growth of agriculture production in the country through supply of farm inputs and other technical services to the farmers. Cooperatives also provide post-harvest services for procurement, grading, processing, storage and marketing of farmers’ surplus produce. These cooperatives are rendering an equally useful service by maintaining the supply-line and distribution of consumer articles including essential commodities in rural areas.

To undertake these functions effectively, cooperatives require adequate captive storage capacity of their own at the village, mandi and rail head centres. To meet this requirement, the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) has been assisting primary and marketing societies functioning at the village, mandi, district, regional, state and national levels for construction of godowns of their own to create storage facility, and repair/ renovation of existing capacity of godowns under Central Sector Schemes and Corporation Sponsored Scheme.


NCDC provides assistance to primary, district and state level cooperatives.


Under the Central Sector Schemes and Corporation Sponsored, cooperative societies are assisted for construction and repair /renovation of godowns depending upon the potential.

For developing primary cooperatives into growth centres at the village level, NCDC assists for construction of an office room, a shop for sale of consumer articles and a residence for the Secretary or Manager wherever required with the godown. The Corporation also encourages primary cooperatives to prepare business development plans to expand their non-credit business and for fuller utilisation of godowns.


Agricultural Marketing Infrastructure (AMI) sub scheme of Integrated Scheme for Agriculture (ISAM):

During the period of 10th Five Year Plan i.e. 2002-07, subsidy was provided by Govt. of India under Gramin Bhandaran Yojana, a Capital Investment Subsidy Scheme for Construction and Repair/Renovation of Rural Godowns. NCDC has been one of the implementing agencies to provide funds to the cooperative societies. The required term loan is funded by Corporation from its own resources.

The scheme was continued during 11th Five Year Plan i.e. from 2007-2012. During 12th Plan i.e. from 2012-2017, the credit linked subsidy was continued under Central Sector Agriculture Marketing Infrastructure Scheme (AMI) sub scheme of Central Sector Integrated Scheme on Agriculture Marketing (ISAM) upto 06.08.2014. Subsequently, credit linked subsidy was continued for new projects of SC/ST category and for all categories in NER upto 31.10.2016 and later upto 31.12.2016.

Department of Agriculture Cooperation & Farmers Welfare (DAC&FW) has issued Operational Guidelines for Agricultural Marketing Infrastructure (AMI) sub scheme of Integrated Scheme for Agriculture (ISAM) w.e.f. 22.10.2018 to 31.03.2020. The scheme has been extended upto 31.03.2021 or till the date the recommendations of 15th Finance Commission come into effect, whichever is earlier. These revised Operational Guidelines of Agricultural Marketing Infrastructure (AMI) sub-scheme of ISAM is also available on the websites and

NCDC provides financial assistance for the following under AMI scheme:

  • For Storage infrastructure projects.

  • For infrastructure projects other than Storage (Primary processing viz. sorting, grading, chilling, freezing etc.)

  • Stand alone cold storage units up to 1000 MT is allowed.

  • At present, scheme is valid upto 30.06.2021.

  • There is no provision for Renovation of storage infrastructure under AMI scheme.

Funding pattern under AMI Scheme is as under:-

Category Rate of Subsidy on Capital Cost Subsidy Ceiling
50-1000 MT (in Rs./MT) More than 1000 MT up to 10,000 MT (in Rs./MT) Maximum Ceiling (Rs. in lakh)

A) North Eastern States, Sikkim, A& N, Lakshadweep Islands and Hilly* Areas





B) Other Areas

1. For Registered FPO’s, Panchayats, Women, SC/ST entrepreneurs or Cooperatives ** or SHG’s





2. For all others





* Hilly area is a place at an altitude more than 1,000 meters above mean sea level.
** SC/ST Cooperatives to be certified by the concerned officer of the State Government.

Assistance for Boosting Seed Production component under Sub-Mission for Seed and Planting Material (SMSP) of National Mission on Agricultural Extension and Technology (NMEAT)

NCDC is also implementing of Central Sector Scheme on Assistance for Boosting Seed Production component under Sub-Mission for Seed and Planting Material (SMSP) of National Mission on Agricultural Extension and Technology (NMEAT), providing credit linked back ended capital subsidy at the rate of 25% of the project cost subject to a maximum limit of Rs.25.00 lakh per unit on seed infrastructure development. Private Sector Companies, individuals entrepreneurs, self help groups, partnership firm and Cooperative Societies are eligible to get assistance under this scheme. The scheme is implemented through National Seed Corporation (NSC), nodal agency for implementation and monitoring of the scheme.


Under the scheme, the loan assistance is provided upto 90% of the project cost for construction/ repair/ renovation of godowns. The member’s contribution should be minimum 10%.


For financing through State Govt:
The eligible societies will have to apply to the Registrar of Cooperative Societies (RCS) for assistance for construction/ repair/ renovation of godowns. The prescribed application forms are available at the offices of the State Cooperative Departments, Regional Offices of NCDC and on NCDC’s website Based on the recommendation received from the State Govt, NCDC approves the programme and sanctions assistance for construction/repair/renovation of godowns.

For financing under Direct Funding:
The information on eligibility criteria, application form and application procedure are available at NCDC’s website

Mode of Funding:

Financial assistance is provided through the State Govt. or directly to the eligible cooperatives.

Quantum of Assistance and Pattern of Assistance:

Varies from activity to activity and upto 90-95% of the total cost for the most of the activities. However, in case of strengthening of share capital base/margin money/working capital assistance, the quantum of assistance can be upto 100%.

For detailed pattern of assistance please click at the link provided.

Norms for direct funding:

Cooperatives operating for minimum three years & broadly fulfilling following criteria are eligible:

(i) Net worth should be positive.

(ii) There should be no erosion in share capital.

(iii) Should be in a position to provide 1.25 to 1.5 times security.

(iv) Financial/operational performance of the cooperative should be at satisfactory level of NCDC.

For detailed norms of Direct Funding please click at the link provided.

Common Loan Application Form for availing assistance under the scheme of NCDC can be downloaded from NCDC’s website.

For further details, please contact or write to:

Storage Division
National Cooperative Development Corporation
4, Siri Institutional Area, Hauz Khas
New Delhi – 110 016
Tel No.: +91-011-20862512, 20862866, 20862490, 20862801
Fax: +91-011-26962370, 20862619, 26602568
Website: Email:

Regional Directorates of NCDC: Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Dehradun, Gandhinagar, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Shimla, Thiruvananthapuram