Director General, ICAR and Secretary DARE Dr. T. Mohapatra reviews the activities of ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack and Praises the Start-up Prototypes of Agribusiness Incubation Programme
Dr T. Mohapatra, Secretary DARE and DG, ICAR visited ICAR-National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack on 26th September, 2019 to review the activities of the institute. He also interacted with the twenty-two participants of a two-months ‘Start-up Agri-Business Incubation Programme’ lunched by VIKAS R-ABI, ICAR-NRRI. Dr. Mohapatra praised the innovative prototypes and provided valuable tips and suggestions to improve them. The prototypes ranged from Consumer product/ Post Harvest and Food Technology, Agri-Inputs, Agricultural Machinery, IOT, ICT & AI in Agriculture, Agri-Supply Chain, Organic Farming, Animal Husbandry and Dairy, Farm Mechanization, Precision Farming, Natural Resource Management and Mobile Application Service. VIKAS R-ABI (Vyapar Initiative in Krishi and Agri-Startups RKVY Agribusiness Incubator) has been hosted under ICAR-NRRI. VIKAS R-ABI aims to promote innovation led entrepreneurship through start-up creation. This program is funded under the scheme of RKVY- RAFTAAR Agribusiness Incubator by Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana of Department of Agriculture & Co-operation, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, New Delhi.
Dr. Mohapatra visited the newly built Central Genomics and Quality Laboratory, Social Science Building and other facilities created at the Institute. He had a detailed review of construction of the Auditorium, which is about to be completed and inaugurated during November, 2019.
Dr. H. Pathak, Director, ICAR-NRRI, Heads of the Divisions, Dr. GAK Kumar, Head, Social Science Division and PI of VIKAS R-ABI, scientists of the Institute along with Head of Office and Finance & Accounts Officer and other staff were present during the review.