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Phase 2 of SAMARTH by IARI under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana

Dr. Sangeeta Soi
Dr. Sangeeta Soi

Pusa Krishi Incubator at Zonal Technology Management – Business Planning Development (ZTM-BPD) unit of Indian Agriculture Research Institute, is organizing phase 2 of the SAMARTH: Innovation & Incubation Induction program. The theme of this program is Partnership and Prosperity for All and discussion will focus on the Planning and Execution of an Incubation program. 

Under this initiative IARI will handhold all the 28 RABIs and will train them with the best practices in incubation and entrepreneurship.  This workshop is under the aegis of the “Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana - Remunerative Approaches for Agriculture and Allied Sector Rejuvenation” (RKVY-RAFTAAR) * RKVY-RAFTAR project of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Division (MAFW).  

RKVY-RAFTAAR was launched in 2017-18 with a component for innovation and agri-entrepreneurship. Under this scheme, RAFTAAR Agribusiness Incubators (R-ABIs) will be created. New agribusiness incubators have been established as well as existing agribusiness incubators are strengthened as R-ABIs, with need-based infrastructure, equipment and manpower. These R-ABIs will in turn invite applications from agri-preneurs in different stages of the business life cycle (ideation/expansion) and provide them an opportunity to generate innovations in agriculture and allied sector. 

ZTM-BPD unit has been selected as a Knowledge Partner of the Ministry under the said project for handholding of newly established or inexperienced R-ABIs (Raftar Agribusiness Incubators) as well as for incubation of agribusiness innovators. 

For the purpose of orientation and training of the R-ABIs, the unit is organising SAMARTH from 8th to 9thMay, 2019 at the NASC Complex. The program is from 10:00-17:00 hrs on the both days. 



The objective of SAMARTH is to acquaint the incubators under the RKVY-RAFTAR scheme with fundamental aspects of agribusiness incubation including, planning and management as incubator, ecosystem building, engaging stakeholders, streamlining procedures and policies, implementation of the incubation program, funding, and other relevant details.  

Day 1: 

First day of the program was very informative and knowledgeable with lots of information and participants from all over India presenting their views. Dr. Neeru BhooshanIncharge, Zonal Technology Management and Business Planning and Development Unit, I.A.R.I., New Delhi was the speaker who presented slides on following details of the programme; 

  • Demographic analysis of Agri startup founders

  • Planning 25-30 Agripreneursfor training cum Internship for 3 months

  • Technologies to be licensed to entrepreneurs per R-ABI 3-5

  • 10-15 agribusiness to be incubated in agriand allied sectors.

She stated that, they help realize the true potential of an entrepreneur 's innovative idea by offering tailored services from conceptualization, business plan development, validation, pilot testing, soft launch, commercial operation, marketing strategy, networking and financial linkages. 

 The focus areas include; 

  • Natural resource management

  • Waste to wealth Secondary Agriculture 

  • Agri Clinics and Farm Health Services

  • Supply Chain Management 

  • Precision Farming

  • Sustainable Agriculture/ Organic Farming

  • Farm Mechanization

  • Animal Husbandry

  • Agri Ext Education

  • Agri Biotech

  • Agri Input Tools and technologies

  • IOT and AI Agriculture

  • Post harvesting processing

Different wings of the program are;   

  • UPJA

  • Arise

  • Pratibha

  • IP Spectra

SAMARTH which is to strengthen 25 R-ABI's incubation capacities that in turn will train the emerging start-ups in various stages of agribusiness development. 

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