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 Agri-preneurship 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. RKVY-RAFTAAR supports agribusiness incubation by tapping innovations and technologies for venture creation in agriculture. In this process, incubation facilities and expertise already available with participating academic, technical, management and R&D institutions in the country shall be utilized on an individual or collective basis to harness synergies. The existing institutional agribusiness incubators would be strengthened on a need basis by providing grants-in-aid.
“Remunerative Approaches for Agriculture and Allied Sector Rejuvenation (RAFTAAR)” a component of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) for innovation and agri-entrepreneurship development was launched in 2017-18. An initiative of the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, the scheme is structured to promote innovation and entrepreneurship through establishment of new RAFTAAR Agribusiness Incubators (R-ABIs) and strengthening existing agribusiness incubators with 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.
1. Strengthening of existing agribusiness incubators for integrated rejuvenation and development and setting up new ones – R-ABI (RKVY-RAFTAAR Agribusiness Incubators).
2. Seed Stage Funding of R-ABI Incubatees.
3. Agripreneurship Orientation.
4. Idea/Pre-Seed Stage Funding of Agripreneurs.
A leader in the field of Agricultural Education, the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad (UASD) is among India's most respected names in Agricultural Education, Research and Extension. An ICAR accredited (grade A) University, UAS, Dharwad offers quality Under Graduate, Post Graduate and Diploma programs with constantly updated syllabi to meet the ever expanding needs of the various stake holders. The University has 5 Colleges, 30 Research Stations, 6 Extension Education Units, 6 Krishi Vigyan Kendra and an ATIC. The University has jurisdiction over 7 districts of North Karnataka accounting for 28% of geographical area, 27% of total cultivated area and 14% of the irrigated area in the state. Great diversity in soil types, climate, topography and farming situations ranging from dry-farming, heavy rainfall and irrigated areas provides for diverse research opportunities. Important crops of the region include sorghum, cotton, rice, pulses, chilli, sugarcane, groundnut, sunflower, wheat, safflower etc., apart from an array of horticultural crops.