Government of India through its Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has introduced an innovative “Agri Clinics and Agri Business Centres (AC&ABC)” Scheme. The above scheme is being implemented by National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), Hyderabad through its Nodal Training Institutes throughout India. MANAGE has recognized Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (Tamil Nadu), Madurai as a Nodal Training Institute during 2017 – 18 to impart training in this part of the country. This Agriculture EDP training is a two months residential programme and the entire expenditure is met by the Government.
The purpose of the training is to provide extension and other services to the farmers, support agricultural development and to create gainful employment and profitable self employment opportunities to the persons who have studied agricultural related courses. The unemployed graduates / post graduates / diploma holders in agriculture related courses can utilize this good opportunity. The above training is a two months residential programme and offered Free of Cost to the beneficiaries. They need to pay only an application-cum-registration fee Rs.500/- payable to MANAGE, Hyderabad.
Subsidy pattern under Agri Clinics and Agri Business Centres (ACABC) Scheme has been revised from “capital and interest subsidy” to “Composite Subsidy” which will be back-ended in nature. It will be 44% of project cost for women and SC/ST candidates and 36% of project cost for all other categories of entrepreneurs. Further, the ceiling of project cost for subsidy has been enhanced to Rs.20 lakhs for an individual project and upto Rs.100 lakhs for a group project.
During the year 2017 – 2018, CED (Tamil Nadu) conducted three Agri EDPs and 62 candidates were benefited. During the current year 2018 – 19, CED (Tamil Nadu) conducted four Agri EDPs benefitting 81 candidates. A significant number of candidates have started establishing their own agri ventures. 6 candidates have obtained bank loan with government subsidy.
Dr.M.Subburajan, Nodal Officer – AC & ABC Scheme (94860 19477)