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ICAR-NAARM Entrepreneurship Development Programme for Students of SKUAST, Jammu

Sugandh Bhatnagar
Sugandh Bhatnagar
Chief Guest, Dr. J.P. Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST

The a-IDEA, Technology Business Incubator of ICAR-National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Hyderabad organized a one-day Sensitization Programme on  “Entrepreneurship Development in Agriculture for the students of SKUAST, Jammu” to motivate them towards Agri-preneurship. About 137 students and faculty members virtually participated in the programme.

Focus Points of the Programme:

In her welcome address, Dr. Jyoti Kachroo, Professor & Head, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Jammu stressed on the importance and scope of Start-Ups in Agri-preneurship.

In his address, the Chief Guest, Dr. J.P. Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST, Jammu urged the students for focusing more on Agri-business. He also highlighted the need of Start-Ups to venture more into the processing and value-addition sectors for doubling the farmers’ income.

Dr. G. Venkateshwarlu, Joint Director, ICAR-NAARM, Hyderabad advised the students to reap more benefits from the Government Schemes in the Start-Up arena. The demand of connecting sensitization programmes towards enriching Entrepreneurship as a profession was also underlined by Dr. Venkateshwarlu. 

Dr. N.A. Vijay Avinashilingam, Additional CEO, a-IDEA, ICAR-NAARM, Hyderabad apprised about the importance of the Agri-Start-Up ecosystem and the need for incubation in the country. 

Hiresha Verma, CEO, Han Agrocare & an Entrepreneur in Mushroom Business also shared her experiences of turning her idea into a successful Start-Up during the occasion.

About a-IDEA:  

a-IDEA (Association for Innovation Development of Entrepreneurship in Agriculture), is a Technology Business Incubator  (TBI) hosted by National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (ICAR- NAARM), Hyderabad & supported by NSTEDB, DST & BIRAC DBT of Govt of India (GOI).  

This incubator has been supporting the startups that are scalable to become competitive food & agribusiness ventures through capacity building, mentoring, networking, business support services, investment & advisory support.

These Startups supported by aIDEA are in turn disrupting the value chains of agriculture across farm gate to food plate, thereby impacting the lives of farmers, rural & urban stakeholders.

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