- Agri-Clinics: Agri-Clinics are envisaged to provide expert advice and services to farmers on various technologies including soil health, cropping practices, plant protection, crop insurance, post harvest technology and clinical services for animals, feed and fodder management, prices of various crops in the market etc. which would enhance productivity of crops/animals and ensure increased income to farmers.
- Agri-Business Centres: Agri-Business Centres are commercial units of agriventures established by trained agriculture professionals. Such ventures may include maintenance and custom hiring of farm equipment, sale of inputs and other services in agriculture and allied areas, including post harvest management and market linkages for income generation and entrepreneurship development.
- To supplement efforts of public extension by necessarily providing extension and other services to the farmers on payment basis or free of cost as per business model of agri-preneur, local needs and affordability of target group of farmers;
- To support agricultural development; and
- To create gainful self-employment opportunities to unemployed agricultural graduates, agricultural diploma holders, intermediate in agriculture and biological science graduates with PG in agri-related courses.
Eligibility Criteria for Candidates:
- Graduates in agriculture and allied subjects from SAUs/ Central Agricultural Universities/ Universities recognized by ICAR/ UGC. Degree in Agriculture and allied subjects offered by other agencies are also considered subject to approval of Department of Agriculture & Cooperation, Government of India on recommendation of the State Government.
- Diploma (with at least 50% marks)/ Post Graduate Diploma holders in Agriculture and allied subjects from State Agricultural Universities, State Agriculture and Allied Departments and State Department of Technical Education. Diploma in Agriculture and allied subjects offered by other agencies are also considered subject to approval of Department of Agriculture & Cooperation, Government of India on recommendation of the State Government.
- Biological Science Graduates with Post Graduation in Agriculture & allied subjects.
- Degree courses recognized by UGC having 2 Revised Agri-Clinics and Agri-Business Centres (ACABC) Scheme – 2010 more than 60 percent of the course content in Agriculture and allied subjects.
- Diploma/Post-graduate Diploma courses with more than 60 percent of course content in Agriculture and allied subjects, after B.Sc. with Biological Sciences, from recognized colleges and universities.
- Agriculture related courses at Intermediate (i.e. plus two) level, with at least 55% marks.
Training and Hand Holding:
National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE) will be responsible for providing training to eligible candidates, through Nodal Training Institutes (NTIs) and motivating them for setting up of Agri-Clinics and Agri-Business Centres.
Eligibility Criteria for NTIs:
Institutes from public and private sector with following credentials are eligible for considering them as Nodal Training Institutes (NTIs) under the Scheme:
- At least one year experience in organizing training programmes and implementation of Central & State Government Schemes related to agri-entrepreneurship development
- Either own or leased (on long-term basis) lodging, boarding and transport facilities for minimum of 35 candidates
- Availability of training infrastructure (buildings, teaching aids including PC and LCD Projector, resource persons etc.)
- Nodal Officer, with degree in agriculture and allied disciplines and having at least 3 years’ experience in agri-entrepreneurship development
- Private firms must have an annual turnover of minimum of 5 lakh for the last 3 years.
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