National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management functioning under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Agriculture, has retained Saraswathi Foundation for Rural Development and Training, which is hosting Karur Krishi Vigyan Kendra, as its nodal agency to offer agri clinic and agro business centre training programmes to help unemployed youth tap opportunities in agri entrepreneurship.
The aim is to provide the unemployed agri business aspirants opportunities besides providing the extension services.
The specialty of the tie up is that apart from agri graduates, diploma holder and vocational stream students who had taken up agriculture as a subject in Plus Two are also eligible to undergo the two-month long residential training the Saraswathi Foundation would offer.
The module involves training programme on agri businesses such as input production such as seeds, bio fertilizers, bio control agents, and testing facilities for soil and water, as also extending consultancy services on cultivation aspects and plant protection techniques.
The trainees can develop infrastructure such as godown, cold storage, post harvest and value addition centres, and processing units besides providing marketing inputs.
Focus will be on untapped areas like establishing vegetarian bakeries using sorghum and other millets instead of maida to overcome health hazards.
All the training programmes would be offered free of cost to the eligible trainees as the NABARD subsidises the programmes along with National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management.
A certificate of recognition recognised by the Central and the State government departments, is issued by the institute to the beneficiaries, and that could be a gate pass to aspirants to get bank credit for their ventures.
The successful trainees could start their unique agri business ventures such as agri tourism and agri journalism that are sunrise projects with a lot of potential. Innovative projects in agri business could fetch suitable bank credits at a subsidised rate of interest with margin money as low as 10 per cent of the project cost.