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ICAR To Sell 30 Farm Techs at Agri-Innovation Conclave

ICAR To Sell 30 Farm Techs at Agri-Innovation Conclave

05 May 2014

INDIA - India’s government owned agriculture research organization, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) will be selling 30 of its farm technologies developed under the National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP) at the agri-innovation conclave to be held from 18-19 May.

The National Agriculture Innovation Project (NAIP) has been set up by ICAR in 2006 with an initial capital of $250 million of which, World Bank contributed $200 million and the balance $50 million was contributed by the central government.

Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE) and Director General, ICAR said: “The main idea behind organising the conclave is to foster and take the technologies and innovations developed by NAIP for adoption by the entrepreneurs, business enterprises, government and private sector.”

This conclave will also act as a platform to disseminate more information about the overall achievement of NAIP in transforming the agriculture sector of the country to new heights, Ayyappan adds.

Around 300 new technology models that have been developed under NAIP, 80 technologies are already commercialized to agribusiness entrepreneurs and corporate.

At the conclave be held at the NASC Complex, Pusa, New Delhi, ICAR said it would sell up to 30 top technologies developed under the project taking the total to 110.

“During the last seven years, NAIP has accorded high priority to generation and transfer of agricultural technologies and innovative processes,” Dr. D. Rama Rao, National Director, NAIP said in a statement recently.

The integrated farming system based livelihood models developed by NAIP are being adopted in number of states by government departments and universities with support from national programs like Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY), Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Gurantee Act (MNAREGA), National Horticulture Mission (NHM), others, Rao adds.

Apart from organizing the conclave, ICAR will also held two events, which includes Agri Biz Idol Camp and Kisan Parivartan Yatra with the aim of encouraging more active participation from the public and private sector and help in promoting the innovation, partnership and entrepreneurial climate in the agricultural sector.

The Agri-Biz Idol Camps aim to identify, support and encourage young entrepreneurs with high potential in business start-ups in agriculture. The program focuses on youth in the age bracket of 18-30. These camps will be a unique platform for the students to pitch their business ideas and develop new agri-ventures, ICAR statement said.

Krishi Parivatan Yatra is being organised to cross-learn the ways and means of success in developing agri-business enterprises to generate more such success stories across the country.

This Yatra will take the best of 50 enterprises developed from various NAlP projects and share their success stories with other farmers/entrepreneurs in each of the five locations where the melas are being conducted.

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