13 January 2023, New Delhi: Agri-Clinics and Agri-Business (AC&ABC) is a mega flagship Scheme of Govt. of India implemented in the country in collaboration with NABARD since 2002. It aims to transform unemployed youth into self-employed Agripreneurs through a 45-day free residential training in different parts of the country with a provision for availing loans and subsidies from the banks.
The AC&ABC Scheme is being implemented by the National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), Hyderabad in different states in the country with a network of 136 Nodal Training Institutes (NTIs) spread across all the states.
This year’s National Youth Day, also known as Vivekananda Jayanti, was celebrated in New Delhi in a befitting manner by giving National Awards to the 82 best Agripreneurs who were trained under the Central Sector Scheme – Agri-Clinics and Agri-Business (AC&ABC) of Govt. of India for their significant contribution to farmers through agri-clinic and agribusiness services.
Besides, 8 Nodal Training Institutes (NTIS) that impart AC&ABC training efficiently also received Awards for their best training, handholding, and facilitation activities.
More than 850 Agripreneurs from all parts of the country, senior officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India, MANAGE – Hyderabad, Senior Managers from NABARD, Lead Banks, ICAR Scientists, and private Agri-Business Companies attended the award ceremony held at NASC Complex, New Delhi.
The chief guest Ms. Shubha Thakur, Joint Secretary, MA&FW, GoI inaugurated the Awards Ceremony and distributed awards to Best Agripreneurs and Best Nodal Training Institutes.
In her address, Ms. Thakur said the Agripreneur Awards have come a long way since being instituted two decades ago. The rising numbers of Agriprenuers prove that the youth is getting attracted to the agriculture sector. She appealed to the youth to avail of funding from the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund, NABARD, and the Banking sector.
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