The NABARD Tribal Development Fund got its approval in 2022. The project is being implemented in five tribal hamlets of Sholayoor Panchayat in Attappady Taluk and will support 326 families.
After the successful Implementation of NABARD FSPF Medicinal Plants Cultivation Project NABARD approached Swami Vivekananda Medical Mission and told them to submit a DPR report for the TDF project. During the financial Year 2021-2022 only one Project Proposal from Kerala for TDF was approved and it was the one submitted by Swami Vivekananda Medical Mission.
Based on the successful experience of Adivasi Development Programmes, NABARD had embarked upon an ambitious programme of replicating the wadi (a small orchard of one or two acres with multiple crops) model across the country. But in a place like Attappady instead of cultivating fruit bearing plants NABARD advised SVMM to concentrate on Medicinal Plant cultivation . It helped that wild animals did not enter the properties that had medicinal plants.
The Project was inaugurated on May 6th in an official function held at Vechappathy School Ground by Hon. Mannarkkad MLA Sri. Adv. N. Shamsudheen. CGM and DDM of NABARD and LDM of Canara Bank, President and Vice President of Sholayur Grama Panchayath, Attappady Block Member, Officials of other Govt. Departments and Swami Vivekananda Medical Mission Trust members were present at the function. At the function trust President Sri. VPS menon and SVMM Chief Medical Officer and Trust member Dr. V. Narayanan presented mementos to Mannarkkad MLA and NABARD CGM.