Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India sanctioned to establish a RKVY – RAFTAAR Agri Business Incubator (R-ABI) at Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi which will be implemented by Malaviya Centre for Innovation Incubation & Entrepreneurship (MCIIE).
The Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY) is an important scheme of the Government of India, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare (MoA&FW), aimed at strengthening infrastructure in agriculture and allied areas in order to promote agripreneurship and agribusiness by providing financial support and nurturing the incubation ecosystem, a new component under the revamped scheme RKVY- RAFTAAR has been launched in 2018-19.
Under this scheme, new agribusiness incubators will be established as well as existing agribusiness incubators strengthened as R-ABIs with need-based infrastructure, equipment and manpower. These R-ABIs will in turn invite applications from agripreneurs in different stages of the business life cycle (ideation/expansion) and provide them an opportunity to generate innovations in agriculture and allied sector.
These innovations may include, for example, technological solutions/ processes / products/ services/ business platforms etc. that could enhance productivity or increase efficiency in agriculture and allied activities, enhance remuneration/ farmers’ incomes, rural economy and wealth. Aligning farmers to market through value chain approach with a sustainable development agenda will be the other key objective of the incubation/agripreneurship development programme under RKVY-RAFTAAR.
The following components will be executed under RKVY-RAFTAAR:
a. Strengthening of existing agribusiness incubators for integrated rejuvenation and development and setting up new ones – R-ABI (RKVY-RAFTAAR Agribusiness Incubators).
b. Seed Stage Funding of R-ABI Incubatees
c. Agripreneurship Orientation
d. Idea/Pre-Seed Stage Funding of Agripreneurs