Curtain Raiser: 2nd Global Conference of Network of Indian Agri Business Incubators (NIABI)

Indian Agri-business for Technology Commercialization

New Delhi
16th January, 2012

2nd Global Conference of Network of Indian Agri Business Incubators (NIABI)The 2nd Global Conference of Network of Indian Agri Business Incubators (NIABI) isbeing jointly organized by International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP) on February 6-8, 2012 at Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. The conference aims at promoting the concept of developing agri-business and entrepreneurship in agriculture sector by sharing experiences of different countries. In this regard, Dr S Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE & DG, ICAR; Dr William D Dar, DG, ICRISAT and Dr Bangali Baboo, National Director, NAIP addressed media persons in a joint press conference organized, here today.

Former President of India, Dr A P J Abdul Kalam will be the chief guest for opening session of Global Conference of NIABI at IARI, New Delhi on 6 February 2012. The main idea of this concept is to encourage, nurture, and support Technologists and Scientists with initiative and potential to turn their innovative research ideas into sound commercial ventures.  The goal is to accomplish science and technology led sustainable socio-economic gain by applying inventions emerging from the National Agricultural Research System (NARS) through technology validation, technology transfer and enterprise development.

The Business Planning and Development Units (BPDU) set up through National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP) offer the prospects of making a sustainable and lasting change in the way near-market agricultural research conducted in India. While the World Bank funded NAIP is implemented byIndian council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) the activity of agri-business incubation through these BPDU, is being coordinated and mentored by International Crops Research Institute for Semi-arid Tropics(ICRISAT), Hyderabad started in 2009, the initiative has led to successful commercialization of more than 40 technologies. Some of the successful casesare as under:

  • Millets recaptured in Indian diet: Millets (jowar, bajra, ragi etc.) recaptured in diet through development and commercialization of millets based multigrain aatta, rawa, bakery items etc.
  • Fiber from banana waste: Banana pseudo stem a waste now used for technical grade fiber by developing technology and machines to extract banana fiber. Village Rajpipla near Surat a good example of generating about 3000 man-days/year employment besides net profit of about Rs.65,000/- and compost for village.
  • Jasmine flower from Indian fields to foreign markets: Packaging technology for enhancing shelf life of flowers enabled large scale export of jasmine flowers from village near Coimbatore to Gulf and USA. Enhanced income of farmers, traders, transporters involved in the value chain.
  • Health from linseed cake: Technology ofOmega-3 extraction from linseed and cake used for biscuits and poultry feed developed. Omega-3 enriched eggs commercialized. Income of farmers, processers, poultry rearers increased besides nutritiousOmega-3 rich products for human health.  
  • Farmer from a seed producer company: A Beej India Producer Co. Ltd, for large scale production of improved seed has been registered in 2011. This started operations in selected areas of U.P. and Rajasthan for seed production of cereals, pulses and vegetables.
  • Health and wealth from Prawn shell waste: Chitin and Chitosan valuable products from Prawn shell waste commercialized and being produced on large scale in Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Gujarat. These products being exported to several countries for pharmaceutical applications.
  • Celebrate Holi with Eco-Holi colours: Eco-Holi colours developed and commercialized. The colour from flowers, seed, and leaves of different plants produced on large scale in Hyderabad and Chintapalli near Visakhapatnam.

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