Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Role of Primary Agriculture Credit Society (PACS)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Role of Primary Agriculture Credit Society (PACS)


Yadnya Pitale




Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through Primary Agriculture Credit Societies is a strategic model which will help enhance the effectiveness of implementing the SDGs right at the rural level.

This paper aims to understand how cooperatives have made deviations in their objectives to adopt SDGs in their own way. In India, where there is a dense network of PACS has paramount scope for an avid futuristic sustainability model which can be implemented through these PACS. In order to understand this implementation, one needs to understand the various existing models of cooperatives that have implemented such strategic offshoots and the scope of SDGS which can be adopted and implemented through the PACS architecture. These models and scope have been sufficiently discussed in this paper.

PACS is a financial cooperative, hence the same can be the most efficient organization to achieve SDGs in rural settings.

Today, sustainability needs to be treated at the rural end as the crux lies in a sustainable sowing pattern which includes quality use of fertilizers and water management. In Indian rural agriculture, there have always been many ill practices such as, overuse of fertilizers and pesticides, ill-rotation of crops, inefficient use of water etc. This has not only hampered the productivity of the soil but also has led to water contamination and resultant ill-health of the consumers due to contamination, further leading to climate change. Rampant rise of cancer related disease in Punjab and Haryana is not a new story. On the other hand, poverty amongst the farmers due to inefficient resource management and weak information system on efficient farming methods are the other impediments. Thus, we observe that SDGs 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,12, and 15 need to be urgently put into practice. And there is no better organization than PACS to conduct their implementation. As PACS will work as not only a machinery to disseminate information regarding SDGs but at the same time will enhance effective implementation of these goals.

Thus, there is an urgent need to educate the farmer community about the SDGs which will help cultivate a culture of sustainable farming and what better could it be if the same is disbursed through credit providing agencies as there would be more motivation to cultivate this attitude.

This can be more effectively achieved through the PACS network. We thus understand which of the SDGs can be targeted and the various strategies to work towards their implementation.

    1. ILO CooP: Cooperatives and Sustainable Development Goals: A contribution to post 2015 debate
    2. Role of Primary Agricultural Co-Operative Society (PACS) in Agricultural Development in India Dr. Yashoda
    3. Primary Agricultural Cooperative Credit Societies in Shivamogga district of Karnataka State

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Primary Agriculture Credit Society (PACS), Cooperatives, ILO (International Labor Organization), sustainability, climate change, rural.