About Agrighar Services

Agrighar Services Pvt Ltd, is a social enterprise registered in 2019, with an objective of promoting rurban entrepreneurship / employment in agriculture and allied sectors specifically to youth / women / farmers & FPOs. The main aim of this social enterprise is not only to facilitate various untapped potential opportunities available in rural areas but also to minimize the migration of rural population to urban areas in search of employment.

MISSION & VISION

Agrighar aims to be one-stop platform for promoting rural livelihoods through entrepreneurship / employment generation activities related to Agriculture and Allied Sectors and SCALE- up the rural economy of India.

To embark on the journey towards transformation in  Agriculture using digital & technology interventions to achieve one lakh rural livelihoods in Agriculture and Allied Sectors in a decades journey.

WE ALIGN WITH BELOW SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGs)

Discover our story

Thoughts are things! And powerful things combined with determination, definiteness of purpose and burning desire, can be translated into riches.

“Agrighar believes that every human being needs safe and hygienic food to live. Hence, working towards sustainable agriculture will be a lucrative career option while processing of agriculture commodities have a high market demand and huge business opportunity.”

While working at SERP, Telangana in World Bank funded Telangana Rural Inclusive Growth Project (TRIGP), Founder got the opportunity to study the details of different Agriculture Value Chains and to realize the real needs/problems of farmers in current day agriculture. Further, her experience of developing modules for promoting agricultural livelihoods through Agriculture value chains & Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) and conducting various levels of trainings on food processing, value addition possibilities for self-help group (SHG) members, Agri- graduates and rural youth made her realize the necessity of converting the traditional agriculture practices into modern agri-business units/ rural enterprises ensuring feasible and viable approaches to sustain their income.

Why Choose Agrighar

Modern Technology

We use modern technologies like digital tools for all our processes which are user friendly and in vernacular languages.

Accessible

We offer services that are affordable / economically viable for people to use and easy accessible to replicate and implement.

Rich Experience

We bring in the strong expertise, networking strength and efficient collaborations adds on to choose us.

Team

Our Team comprises of Agri Experts / professionals and farmers by passion whose experience and knowledge compliments our services.

ACHIEVEMENTS

Agri-QUEST

We focus to deliver the highest quality product to our clients which is ensured in every step we take up i.e., design, processes, people, and technologies, We don’t deliver until we know it is ready.

We bring in the unique holistic EDP ecosystem a blend of hands on training on required infrastructure linked with handholding support for our beneficiaries to initiate their entrepreneurial journey/business.

We bring an intense and eager passion to our work each day with continuous improvement thereby adding value to all services provided to customers/clients.

We ensure sustainability in project by balancing or harmonizing social, environmental and economic interests within a project and between partners.

We believe that transparency builds trust, and makes employees part of a company with higher ethical standards and embrace their roles and perform committed to the vision of the company.

Our Services

Skill Training

Imparting skill-based training to rural and urban youth on agriculture & allied areas to promote employment based on local needs and create a pool of skilled manpower to take up both farm and non-farm activities.

Agri Value Chains

Enabling services such as consulting, warehouse, Job works, food processing & Value addition across the value chains i.e., from farm- fork and providing a one-stop networking platform for all Agri- enterprises / service providers.

FPO/ Farm management

Farmer Producer Organisations (FPO)/ Farm Management services are undertaken on customized mode either through Unique business/profit sharing or consultancy modes.

Entrepreneurship Development

Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP) is to develop entrepreneurial abilities and skills required to run a business in the agriculture domain and helps in accelerating the pace of socio-economic development, balanced regional growth, and exploitation of locally available resources.

For more details browse our brochure.

Activities

Unemployment is a major social issue in India. According to the Pew Research Centre, about 18.6 million Indians are jobless and another 393.7 million work in poor-quality jobs who are vulnerable to displacement”. Lack of integrated hands-on on the job support services to the potential or aspiring entrepreneurs interested in setting up of processing units in rural and urban areas is a major problem which needs to be addressed on priority.

The main objective of Agrighar is to foster and promote rural & urban livelihoods through promotion of entrepreneurship/employment. Agrighar addresses unemployment by imparting on-job hands on training to the rural population by concentrating on multiple opportunities available in agriculture and allied sectors and providing end to end support services viz from procurement of commodities to marketing of value-added products thereby encouraging them to become entrepreneurs in their localities.

Agrighar intends to achieve the above through below approaches

Multiple self- employment opportunities exist at rural areas. The main aim of this program is to create awareness workshops to inspire youth/farmers/women & FPOs on the importance of self- employment/entrepreneurship in rural areas and educate rural youth on the rural livelihoods/entrepreneurship opportunities available at their regional/local areas i.e., like vocal for local.

Agrighar offers opportunities to the aspiring professionals in agriculture and allied sectors looking for employment opportunities through on the job training and entrepreneurship development programme. SCOPE model will ensure that Agri- professionals who gained extensive knowledge in agriculture and are interested to build their career in agriculture is provided with the opportunities in this unique profit sharing model which not only provides them with a platform to demonstrate their expertise but also as an experimental venue in terms of research, learning and developing their skills.

Agrighar aims to be one- stop holistic entrepreneurial ecosystem of rural entrepreneurial platform to launch the budding young aspirants being innovative and aims to be a job creator than to be a job seeker. It provides a platform of rural entrepreneurial opportunities and support aspiring youth/farmers/women & FPOs with hands-on training with all the required business development, mentoring and handholding support. To add on with services we provide “Integrated Hands- on Training cum Production unit” to equip themselves with required skill and knowledge to start their own units.

Events

Agrighar Webinar Series -Knowledge Sessions Registration

Agrighar Services Pvt Ltd, is a social enterprise registered in 2019, with an objective of promoting rural livelihoods through rurban entrepreneurship / employment in Agriculture and allied sectors specifically to youth / women / farmers & FPOs and SCALE- UP the rural economy of India.

This Webinar series is mainly to create awareness among the rurban population during this pandemic, post pandemic paradigm shift in agriculture and ensure youth gets motivated to take up jobs and businesses in Agriculture sector.

Agrighar Services Pvt Ltd is happy to announce a 3 day intensive webinar* (online certificate course)
 
Theme: “Empowering Youth & Women towards Entrepreneurship in Agri & Allied Sectors
 
Time: 10.30 AM- 6 PM

Date: March 26-28, 2021
 
Browse the detailed program and schedule here.
 
Individual participants can register here.

Corporate/University/ Colleges can Avail 40% discount – register here
 
If any Farmer or student is interested to attend this webinar, reach us on WhatsApp
or call @ +91 96527 40269 / +91-7675 99 6576 to get 30-50% discounted links.
 
 

Founders

Sowmini Sunkara

Founder

Dr. Sowmini Sunkara is an Agriculture professional with Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biotechnology with 14+ years of research experience (Genetic Engineering, Molecular Biology and Plant Tissue Culture) along with experience of handling various National & International projects related to Rural livelihoods, Agri- Value Chains, FPOs and grassroot innovations. Her entrepreneurial journey started with being a Designated Partner of ABY Farmers LLP (2017, www.aby.co.in) and Co- Founder in Womenergy Association of Incubators in Manufacturing (WEAIM, 2018, www.weaim.org).

She is currently engaged as Chairperson & Founding Director of Grama Bharathi Natural Farmers Producer Company Limited (GBNFPCL, 2021)

She is an experienced rural development professional/ trainer cum catalyst where She trained thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs, Farmers, SHG women and agriculture students on various concepts related to Agri-entrepreneurship, Rural livelihoods, Agri-Value Chains, Farmer Producer Organisations etc and she is on mission to train many more thousands soon to create 1 lakh rural livelihoods.

Few of her other engagements include

1) National Resource Person at National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) for training SRLMs state/district executives & performing various evaluation/ assessment studies of Ministry of Rural development.

2) Invited guest speaker at numerous capacity building/training programmes organised by National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE) & AgHub, PJTSAU

3) Key note speaker on various international conferences and webinars

Siva Rama Krishna Prasad

Co-Founder

Siva Rama Krishna Prasad is passionate towards farming which can be illustrated by his ardent engagement in agriculture activities during his post-retirement phase at his native village. He is enriched with more than 3 decades of expertise handling business and projects (Railways) in both state and central governments. Hailing from farmers family, his understanding on the concerns of farmers, challenges in Agri- value chain and stakeholders management will add value to the objectives of Agrighar.

Agrighar in Number

The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do

Mentor Board

Murali Akunuri IAS(Retd.)

Rural Development Expert

Mr. Murali Akunuri is Rural development professional with 39 years of expertise of which he served for 25+ years in Social sector in various development departments/agencies addressing many issues such as poverty alleviation, social mobilization, Building CBOs (Community based organizations) like SHGs and their federations/ Cooperatives, Rural wage employment, micro credit, Rural livelihoods, capacity building etc. With an educational qualification of M. Tech (Civil Engg) from National Institute of Technology , Warangal and B.Tech (Civil Engg) from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, he also served for about 13 years in civil engineering departments engaging himself in building rural infrastructure like roads, bridges, public buildings, watershed works, irrigation tanks, lift irrigation schemes, drinking water schemes etc.


His contributions are recognized in rural development sector as torch bearer due to his engagement from conceptualization to implementation in key projects such as 1) South Asia Poverty Alleviation Project supported and implemented by UNDP; 2) District Poverty Initiatives Project supported by World Bank implemented by Autonomous Agency- Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP); 3) Andhra Pradesh Rural Poverty Reduction Project supported by World Bank implemented by Autonomous Agency – Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty; 4) National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme supported by GOI and implemented by Rural Development department of GOAP. His other key engagements include CEO, SERP, Dept of Rural Development, Advisor to Govt of Laos (World Bank Laos), MD & Vice Chairman For Telangana State Seed Development Corporation (TSSDC), Telangana Oil Seed Growers Federation (TS OILFED), Telangana Agros Industries Corporation, Collector and District Magistrate, Jaya Shankar Bhupalpally (D). Post retirement, he is currently engaged as Advisor to Govt (Infrastructure), Department of Education, Govt of Andhra Pradesh.

Dr Radhika Meenakshi Shankar

Entrepreneurship Development Expert

Radhika Meenakshi Shankar holds a doctorate degree and also has over 20 years of academic experience in teaching Finance and Entrepreneurship at reputed institutes across India. Since 2011 she is actively involved in the industry circles and academic campuses promoting entrepreneurship & incubation, mentoring startups, and providing consultancy for existing MSMEs through her Management Services firm for MSMEs at Hyderabad – Wise Owl Consulting Services. She is currently engaged as Chairperson of BYST-Hyderabad Chapter – CII for 2019-2020. Her enterprise focuses on Training Entrepreneurs of startups & high growth ventures/ Mentors/ Faculties/ potential campus entrepreneurs/ students. She has to her credit of training more than 20000 potential and existing entrepreneurs domestic and in the international arena. She consults for educational institutions for their entrepreneurial activities, student ventures, incubation and IPR activities. 


She is an accredited Trained Mentor of CII, BYST, U.K. Guild of Skills 2011 and also for London Business School GOLDMANSACHS- NEN 2009. She is a registered mentor and trainer with many reputed institutions like WADHWANI FOUNDATION, DESHPANDE Foundation, Indian Army Rehabilitation Depot -EME WING, CII, BYST & Incubators like J-HUB, IIIT-H CIE, MANAGE- HUB, ALEAP AIC- WEHUB, SANDBOX Kakatiya Incubator, NUTRIHUB -IIMR etc. She has been involved in government STARTUP INDIA- Telangana Yatra (12 districts), PM YUVA programs, RKVY-RAFTAAR, Telangana Skills & Innovation Centre etc. She has been awarded at the National Level the Champion-Entrepreneurship Educator-2015, Special Jury award by Ministry of Skills & Entrepreneurship -GOI, EDII, British Council & Wadhwani Foundation.

Gopala Krishna (GK) Ayitam

Agri- Business Expert

Mr. Gopala Krishna (GK) Ayitam is a consulting practitioner with more than three decades of overall experience including in senior positions of large organisations. He worked on consulting assignments in more than ten countries including 23 out of 28 States in India. His consulting focus is on assesments/evaluations/business audits, development of plans and handholding during plans implementation including as well as capacity building; his specialisation is in the areas of Agribusiness, Value Chain management, Enterprise management, inclusive finance – within these, financial inclusion, financial awareness/literacy/capability, economic literacy and capability enhancement of collectives like Cooperatives, Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs)/ Producer Companies (PC), Self Help Groups, Producer Groups etc. and their federations.

 

He is a Certified Management Consultant, Fellow Member of Institute of Cost Accountants of India and a Graduate in Science. He participated in a Certificate Programme on Advanced Agribusiness Management at College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), Cornell University, NY, among others. He is a Mentor at Agribusiness Incubator housed in ICRISAT and empanelled National Resource Person (NRP) – Value Chain theme – under National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM). He held Guest/Visiting/Adjunct Faculty position at three premier institutions in India – www.ksrm.ac.in, www.tiss.edu & www.manage.gov.in. He hosts a website www.agribiz.co.in to promote agribusiness and supports Agripreneurs in India. He is an invited resource at MANAGE, NIRD, NAARM, NABARD, PJTSAU, EEI ILRT, Skydive and TEZ among others. He worked on more than eighty-five consulting assignments and hundred plus capacity building engagements including workshops, hand ling of sessions and at academic/entrepreneurs’ programmes.

OUR TEAM

Dr Sowmini Sunkara

Managing Director, Strategy planning & Business Development

Dr. Sowmini Sunkara is an Agriculture professional with Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biotechnology with 14+ years of research experience (Genetic Engineering, Molecular Biology and Plant Tissue Culture) along with experience of handling various National & International projects related to Rural livelihoods, Agri- Value Chains, FPOs and grassroot innovations. Her entrepreneurial journey started with being a Designated Partner of ABY Farmers LLP (2017, www.aby.co.in) and Co- Founder in Womenergy Association of Incubators in Manufacturing (WEAIM, 2018, www.weaim.org).

Mr S. S. R. K. Prasad

Director, Business Operations,

Siva Rama Krishna Prasad is passionate towards farming which can be illustrated by his ardent engagement in agriculture activities during his post-retirement phase at his native village. He is enriched with more than 3 decades of expertise handling business and projects (Railways) in both state and central governments. Hailing from farmers family, his understanding on the concerns of farmers, challenges in Agri- value chain and stakeholders management will add value to the objectives of Agrighar.

Dr Sridevi Samineni

Director, Women Empowerment

Dr.Sridevi Samineni completed her Post-doctoral degree in Business Management with Entrepreneurship as a specialization (University grants commission, India) and Doctorate in Management from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India.

She is one women leader who is Truly passionate how business mixed with social motive can positively impact the world around us and bring difference in the lives of people. Prior to this, she was associated with a business management college as an engaged teacher and mentored several students for 17 years.

She also authored four books in the area of Entrepreneurship and she aspires to be part of the social transformation of the society.

Mr Sreedhar P

Chief Operating Officer

Sreedhar P is a graduate in Commerce and Business Administration with 24 years of experience of managing Operations in Healthcare domain.

His core strength areas include people management, training, skill development, and process improvement and Agriculture has always been his passion.

Pravalika Reddy Sama

Program Manager

Pravalika Reddy Sama is an Bsc ( Hons) Agriculture graduate from Suresh Gyan Vihar University, Jaipur, Rajasthan and Completed her Post graduate Diploma in Agricultural Extension Management from Manage University, Hyderabad.

She is very passionate person towards organic farming , Modern agriculture , Agricultural Extension activities and welcomes sustainable business models onboard.

Specially, determined person with leadership qualities along with positive attitude 🌱🌱

Pavani Musunuru

Intern

Pavani Musunuru is an B. Sc (Hons) Agriculture graduate from Suresh Gyan Vihar University, Jaipur, Rajasthan and has completed Post graduation diploma in Agricultural extension management from MANAGE, Hyderabad.

Before she joined Agrighar, she worked as a teaching assistant in a private agriculture diploma college for a year.

She is very much intrested in learning new things and also have positive attitude towards work.

Bathula Gayathri

Intern

Bathula Gayathri completed her Master’s in Genetics & Plant Breeding from Shuats, Uttar Pradesh & B.Sc Agriculture from Baramathi, Maharastra. Her main interests are Research and Development related to Plant Breeding, Seed production & quality control

Karra Pravallika

Intern

Karra Pravallika from Mancherial, Telangana.
Completed her master's in Agriculture(Genetics and Plant Breeding) SHUATS, Allahabad and B.Sc in Agriculture from PDKV, Akola. She is interested in Breeding techniques, R&D and Seed production techniques.

Maddula Sudarshan Reddy

Intern

Maddula Sudarshan Reddy from nagulavaram, Andhra Pradesh. Completed his Master's in Agriculture(Genetics and Plant Breeding) SHUATS, Allahabad and B.Sc in Agriculture from VNMKV, Parbhani, Maharashtra. He is interested in Breeding techniques, R&D and Seed production techniques.

Dr Sridevi Samineni

Director, Women Empowerment

Dr.Sridevi Samineni completed her Post-doctoral degree in Business Management with Entrepreneurship as a specialization (University grants commission, India) and Doctorate in Management from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India.

She is one women leader who is Truly passionate how business mixed with social motive can positively impact the world around us and bring difference in the lives of people. Prior to this, she was associated with a business management college as an engaged teacher and mentored several students for 17 years.

She also authored four books in the area of Entrepreneurship and she aspires to be part of the social transformation of the society.

Abhighna Reddy Veeramalla

Program manager

Abhighna Reddy Veeramalla is an Agribusiness graduate in the course Agribusiness and Business Administration with International Horticulture Marketing as her specialization from Van Hall Larenstein, University of applied sciences, in Velp, the Netherlands.

She is a dynamic agribusiness consultant and a freelancer. She is a very passionate person towards organic agriculture and welcomes sustainable business models onboard.

Additionally, with her multi-national work experience and exposure, she has excelled in agribusiness marketing & also in conducting advanced research experiment s by using SPSS software to conduct one factor and multiple factors experiments.

Furthermore, her expertise lies in glasshouse production of exotic crops, Hydroponic s, Market Research and segmentation, documentation, proposal writing, Digital Marketing etc.,

Internship

If you are a student and planning to do internship on the agriculture agenda, Agrighar Services Pvt Ltd encourages students from colleges and universities to apply as Management Interns. Depending on the duration of the Internship programme and type of college and university, stipends will be paid to the students. Students should take care of their food, local transport and accommodation. If the internship programme requires outstation travel, interns will be paid as per the travel norms of Agrighar Services Pvt Ltd. If you are convinced, please fill in the internship form at https://forms.gle/L4wndoiBgoBHypo49 or email to internships@agrighar.com . We will get back to you at the earliest.

Volunteer

If you want to work on innovative idea on agriculture and need the platform, Agrighar Services Pvt Ltd is the suitable platform you can think of. You can work as volunteer at Agrighar Services Pvt Ltd. All interested candidates can approach us to work as volunteers by sending the filled volunteer application form. Management Committee will decide on the final selection of the volunteers. Volunteers who work for Agrighar Services Pvt Ltd will not be paid any remuneration but if any outstation travel is involved, travel allowance will be paid to Volunteers as per the travel norms of Agrighar Services Pvt Ltd. Please fill in the Volunteer form at https://forms.gle/Pb52tAS3t6v34fPz7 or email to volunteer@agrighar.com. We will get back to you at the earliest.

Careers

If you have the right aptitude and zeal to contribute to rural livelihoods and think that you can contribute to the activities of Agrighar Services Pvt Ltd, please drop your CV to us at careers@agrighar.com. We will get back to you as soon as we have requirement.

Collaborators

If your organisation have similar objectives of rural livelihoods, Agrighar Services Pvt Ltd welcomes your organisation for being collaboration partner. Please mail us at collaborations@agrighar.com. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Reach us

Agrighar Services Private Limited

Email

info@agrighar.com

Call us

+91 96527 40269

+91-7675996576

Office

#33, Sri Krishna Devaraya Nagar, Yellareddyguda, Hyderabad- 500073

Training/Manufacturing Unit

#131, TIF, MSME Green Industrial Park, Dandu Malkapur (V), Choutuppal (M), Yadadri Bhuvanagiri (D), Telangana.

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