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Chairman, NABARD visited ICAR- NAARM’s Technology Business Incubator (a-IDEA)

Dr. Harsh Kumar Bhanwala, Chairman, NABARD and his team including Dr. P. Radhakrishnan, CGM-NABARD, Telangana regional office, Mr. Suresh Kumar, CGM-NABARD, Andhra regional office, Ms. Maya Devi, DGM, NABARD, Mumbai Office; and Mr. Arul Selvan, AGM-NABARD, Telangana regional office have visited ICAR–National Academy of Agriculture Research Management and its incubation centre a-IDEA.
Chairman of NABARD has addressed the probationer trainee scientists of Foundation Course of Agricultural Research Services (FOCARS), Foundation Course for Faculty of Agricultural Universities (FOCFAU) and PGDMA students. During his address he suggested the scientist’s trainees to take up real challenges with respect to soil degradation, environmental challenges and other cost saving technology development. For Faculty from Agricultural University he emphasised on quality manpower and updating of education aspects time to time. To PGDMA his advice was to look into opportunities in different sectors of Agri-economy starting from farm to plate, emphasising more on market challenges. He evoked audience by saying that entrepreneurial opportunities are there for everybody and now the time has come to take the challenges rather than routine jobs.
Dr. Ch. Srinivasa Rao, Director, ICAR – NAARM welcomed the NABARD delegation and explained about the activities of NAARM and its incubation centre a-IDEA. He emphasized the strategies for meeting the SDGs and national missions of doubling farmer’s income with stronger collaborations. The role of ICAR- NAARM, its incubation centre a-IDEA in achieving these national goals were highlighted.
Later the team visited a-IDEA, housed at Centre for Agri-Innovation to see the incubation operations. The NABARD delegation was briefed about the activities of a-IDEA incubation centres activities by Dr. K. Srinivas, Pr. Scientist & CEO, a-IDEA and facilitated with an interactive session with the agriculture startups, who were a part of a-IDEA incubation programs including Mr. Srikanth Mannem, Founder Saro Agri & Dairy Pvt Ltd. Mrs. P. S. Lakshmi, Co-Founder Gen Agritech, Ms. Kritika, Director- Inner being Wellness, Ms. Manvitha Reddy, Founder- Homecrop, Mr. Sanjay Kumar, Founder- Millet bowl. The meeting was concluded with a Vote of Thanks by Mr. Vijay Nadiminti, COO, a-IDEA to all the dignitaries of NABARD and the members of NAARM

Source: ICAR-NAARM, Hyderabad

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