The mega flagship Scheme of Govt. of India, Agri-Clinics and Agri-Business (AC & ABC), was implemented in 2002 in collaboration with NABARD. Under the scheme, unemployed youth are mentored for 45 days, bank loans and subsidies are available for those who qualify. The objective is to provide services to farmers and create jobs for rural youth.
National Youth Day in India was celebrated with the distribution of National Awards to Agripreneurs who were trained under the Central Sector Scheme of Agri-Clinics and attendAgri-Business (AC&ABC) for their contributions to farmers through agri-clinic and agribusiness services. Agripreneurs from all across the country, senior officials from Govt. of India, scientists of ICAR, and bankers and private sector companies attended the ceremony. Agripreneurs also learned about other schemes such as RKVY-RAFTAAR and Agriculture Infrastructure Fund and other opportunities under these schemes.
This article appears to primarily benefit agripreneurs who have been trained under the AC & ABC scheme, as well as the trainers and institutions involved in the program. The event awarded these agripreneurs to farmers through their AC & ABC services, and also provided an opportunity for them to network and update themselves on the recent scopes and advancements in the field. Additionally, the article is also targeted towards the government officials and organizations involved in the implementation and management of the AC & ABC scheme, such as the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, NABARD and Lead Banks, as well as private agri companies. The event was also beneficial for the audience and participants who were able to learn about the latest developments and opportunities available for Agripreneurs under other schemes.
While observing the National Youth Day in India, Awards were presented to the individuals who received training through the Central Sector scheme of AC & ABC program run by the Indian government. The scheme aims to transform unemployed youth into self-employed agripreneurs through 45 days of free residential training, with a provision for loan and subsidy from banks. The program is expected to benefit farmers and rural youth.
The ceremony was held in New Delhi and was attended by more than 850 Agripreneurs from all parts of the country, senior officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India, MANAGE, NABARD, Lead Banks, ICAR Scientists and private Agri-Business Companies.
The ceremony also included presentations and discussions on policy reform, latest developments, subsidies and loans under the scheme and opportunities for agripreneurs under other schemes like Agriculture Infrastructure Fund and RKVY-RAFTAAR. The chief guest, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, appeal the youth to avail of funding from the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund, NABARD and the Banking sector.
- The Agri-Clinics and Agri-Business (AC&ABC) Scheme is a government of India program implemented in collaboration with the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) since 2002.
- A residential training program for one and half month is conducted in this scheme which aims at transforming unemployed youth into self-employed agripreneurs, assisted by a bank loan and subsidy.
- It aims to provide farmers with services and create jobs for rural youth.
- On National Youth Day, awards were given to the 82 best agripreneurs and 8 best Nodal Training Institutes for their contributions to farmers through agri-clinic and agribusiness services.
- Discussions on policy reform, new developments, incentives and loans under the scheme, and prospects for agripreneurs under other schemes were also part of the event.
- The chief guest, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, appeal the youth to avail of funding from the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund, NABARD and the Banking sector.
National Youth Day celebrated in India, awards given to Agripreneurs trained under government schemes for contributions to farmers via agri-clinic and agribusiness services. ICAR scientists, lead banks and private agri-business firms gathered to witness the ceremony, which also included senior Government officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare. The award ceremony is an acknowledgement of the hard work and achievements of these agripreneurs and the success of the AC&ABC scheme in providing opportunities for self-employment and job creation in the rural areas. The ceremony also provided an opportunity for attendees to learn about the latest developments and opportunities available for Agripreneurs under other schemes.
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