Srinagar: The Faculty of Agriculture,Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology of Kashmir organized one day awareness programme on strengthening entrepreneurship & management of startups in agriculture and allied sectors at KVK Kupwara.
The purpose of this awareness programme was to know the gaps in startup ecosystem and develop strategies for creating an enabling environment for scaling up the successful agri-startups.
The programme was held under the banner of SKUAST-K Innovation, Incubation & Entrepreneurship (SKIIE) Centre sponsored by Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) with an ultimate objective to promote new enterprises and inculcate entrepreneurial culture in UT of Jammu & Kashmir.
In addition to participating farmers, the programme was attended by Prof. Raihana H. Kanth, Dean Faculty of Agriculture, Dr. Kaiser Malik Programme Coordinator KVK Kupwara andfaculty members of Division of Agri. Extension & Communication FoAWadura.
At the outset, Dr. Quadri Javeed Ah Peer formally welcomed the guests & participants and briefed about the important role of innovation and entrepreneurship in the elevation of the agricultural sector and its various stakeholders.
Prof. Raihana, enlightened the farmers about the importance of the skill based training programmes to build entrepreneurial mindset among the youth and develop their skills so they can launch their own innovation-led startups and business ventures. She stated that startups are not only creating new jobs which means more employment but are also leaving a ripple effect on the socio-economic fabric of the demography in which they are operating. She further added that agri-startups are taking a pragmatic approach towards innovation that is solving farmer problems at the ground level.