Startups graduate at VIKAS R-ABI
Vyapar Initiative in Krishi and Agristartups RKVY Agribusiness Incubator (VIKAS R-ABI) organized its Valedictory cum Demo Programme of the Startups under the leadership of Dr. H. Pathak, Director, ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack on 27th November, 2019. The programme was started on 24th September, 2019 and continued for two months. There are nineteen farming and allied entrepreneur participated in this startups VIKAS R-ABI programme. In the closing function Dr B.C.Patra, Head, Crop Improvement Division welcomed the guests and the dignitaries as well as the entrepreneurs. The course director, Dr. G.A.K. Kumar, Head SSD, presented the detailed report of two months startup Agribusiness Incubation Program. Addressing the entrepreneurs, the chief Guest Dr. D. K. Yadav, Additional Director General (Seed), ICAR highly appreciated the steps taken by the institute by adopting this innovative programme, which will be definitely helpful not only to the entrepreneurs but also to the society as a whole which has adequate scopes for creating jobs, management of waste, doubling the income of the farmers, using electric vehicle in the farming area. The Guest of the Honour of the programme Dr. A.K. Singh, Joint Director (Research), ICAR-IARI focused on the support of the DST for the development of the startups entrepreneurs in different angles significantly on bio-fortification of paddy, maize, and oil seed. The Director Dr. H. Pathak, expressed his pleasure for the participation in large number by the startup programme in various sector as agarbati making machine, nutritional product from agricultural produce, rice husk based thermal insulator, seafood hawking vehicle, electric powered cow dung picker, organic fertilizer from steel industry slag, fortified rice, value added tuber crop products, value addition of sugarcane juice, low cost exotic plants, herbal cigarette, solar perimeter fence system, AI based UAV, water cleaning system, bio-degradable pen, gopik-mobile app, user friendly & efficient bee-box, mock tail without preservative and millet value added product. The meeting coordinated by Dr Basana Gowda G, Scientist and ended with formal vote of thanks by Mr. Chinmaya Rout, Business Manager, VIKAS R-ABI.