New Delhi: In order to promote agriculture entrepreneurs in their respective regions, the various state governments have started to explore the partnership route with various central government agencies.
In a latest example, the Andhra Pradesh Government through its AP Food Processing Society has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) to strengthen the agribusiness & food processing sector by establishing Smart Agribusiness Platform Networks of Andhra Pradesh (SAPNAP).
NRDC is an Enterprise of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of Science and Technology, New Delhi. Supported by it, these networks will focus on creation of enabling ecosystem for accelerated growth of agribusiness by involving all the stakeholders.
SAPNAP will have two key development platforms – Smart Agribusiness Value-chains and Smart Agribusiness Incubators and Accelerators.
Smart Agribusiness Value Chains will focus on intelligence, analytics, big data as well as innovations and partnerships. The Smart Agribusiness incubators will focus on establishment of 13 district level incubators with enabling infrastructure and ecosystem for start ups, enterprise development and FPO mentoring.
The MOA was signed by the Secretary (Food Processing) of Andhra Pradesh Government Mr Girija Shankar, and CMD, NRDC Dr H Purushotham in the presence of the AP Chief Secretary Mr S P Tucker, CEO, APFPS Mr Y S Prasad, Advisor – Agribusiness Mr Abdul Rahman Ilyas and other founding members of SAPNAP.
NRDC shall be the knowledge partner in the programme and would provide the required technologies / know-how / IPRs and other value added techno-commercial services to the Start-ups of SAPNAP and linkages to the national and international Stakeholders.