GMRVF obtains NTI status for agribusiness course

GMR Varalakshmi Foundation (GMRVF), the corporate social responsibility arm of GMR Group, has been recognized as a Nodal Training Institution (NTI) under the Agri Clinic and Agri Business Center (AC&ABC) program of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare on Monday.

The program is run by the National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE) here, and graduates from agricultural and related streams will be trained in entrepreneurship through a course run by NTI.

GMRVF centers in Shamshabad (airport campus) and Rajam (Srikakulam district, Andhra Pradesh) have been selected as NTIs to deliver the course under the AC&ABC scheme, an official spokesperson has said.

For the course, batch admission will be 35. Unemployed agricultural graduates, agricultural degree holders, students who have completed their intermediate in agriculture and biological sciences, graduates with PG in courses related to agriculture with at least one year gap after education can apply.

Selected trainees will undergo a 45-day training in NTIs which will include specific technical skills, entrepreneurial and management skills, and extension strategies for agribusiness. The training will focus on agriculture and agro-industrial activities such as horticulture, animal husbandry, dairy farming, fishing, beekeeping, mushroom cultivation, sericulture, forestry, poultry and agriculture, to name a few.

NTIs will also work with MANAGE and other nodal technical/financial institutions for the establishment of business units by trained candidates. GMRVF will provide free training as well as room and board to all selected candidates during the training period. A separate hostel will be available for candidates. It will also guide trainees in preparing detailed project reports for securing bank loans and government grants.

The first batch of this course is expected to start from January 1, 2022.

“Skills development and entrepreneurship will ensure job growth among the youth as entrepreneurship in agriculture is limited in our country,” GMRVF CSR Director Avanish Kumar said in the statement. .

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