CHF offers agripreneurship orientation prog

By A O News Service

ITANAGAR, Oct 17: Though agriculture-horticulture is the main stay for earning livelihood for majority of people of Arunachal Pradesh but its vast scope is yet to be tapped for the famers mostly using traditional practices for lack of knowledge about modern cultivation.

Thus, Pasighat-based Collage of Horticulture & Forestry (CHF), set up in 2001, has proposed to conduct two-month agripreneurship orientation programme (AOP) internship for students, youth and individuals of North Eastern region, according to CHF assistant manager Evie Koyu.

The agri-horti-business startups (based in NE region, having a minimum viable product based on innovation in agriculture and allied sectors may try for seed stage funding programme which offers grant-in-aid of up to Rs. 25 lakh, she said.

This is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs without specific educational qualification and work experience and startups as on successful completion of internship, selected startups will be eligible for applying for pre-seed stage fund/subsistence grant up to Rs. 5 lakh per startup, for converting their innovative ideas into prototype product. The training is under the Centre’s RKVY-RAFTAAR Agribusiness Incubator, she added.

Interestingly, such imitative would serve as a boon as the state government’s target to create one lakh job opportunities for all (youth, women and disadvantaged groups) by 2022.

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