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.
About Agrighar Services
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
We use modern technologies like digital tools for all our processes which are user friendly and in vernacular languages.
We offer services that are affordable / economically viable for people to use and easy accessible to replicate and implement.
We bring in the strong expertise, networking strength and efficient collaborations adds on to choose us.
Our Team comprises of Agri Experts / professionals and farmers by passion whose experience and knowledge compliments our services.
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.
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.
Farm Management services are undertaken on customized mode either through Unique profit sharing or long-term lease mode.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Siva Rama Krishna Prasad
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
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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.
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. We will get back to you at the earliest.
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. We will get back to you at the earliest.
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