Karnataka to soon unveil policy framework on agri start-ups operational guidelines

Bengaluru, Feb 10 (PTI) Karnataka Agriculture Minister B
C Patil said on Wednesday the Government would soon unveil a
policy framework on agri start-ups and operational guidelines.
Patil said agri start-ups can provide missing links in
the agricultural value chain and deliver efficient, innovative
products, technologies and services to farmers and consumers.
Addressing a virtual session ofFICCI (Federation of
Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) summit and awards
for agri start-ups,he said the food and agriculture practices
and enterprises in India are poised for transformational
changes in line with the new government policies.
"Agriculture has been rapidly evolving into agri business
in terms of approach and structure," he was quoted as saying
in a FICCI statement.
To develop congenial eco-system for agri start-ups in
Karnataka, a committee had been constituted to formulate a
policy framework on agri start-ups and operational guidelines.
"The committee has submitted the policy documents to the
government, and we are in the process of releasing it
shortly," he said, according to the statement.
Chairman, FICCI National Agriculture Committee & Group
President (Corporate Relations & Alliances), TAFE Ltd, T R
Kesavan said said every agri start-up has its own strength and
there is a need to create a dedicated cell for agri start-ups.
Chairman, FICCI Task Force on Agri Start-ups, Hemendra
Mathur said: "Bengaluru is the tech capital of the country and
we must think towards building a centre for excellence in the
agriculture sector with the kind of talent and resources that
we have in Karnataka".
Pravesh Sharma, Chairman, FICCI Task Force on FPOs and
Co-founder and CEO, Kamatan Farm Tech Pvt Ltd, emphasised on
having state-level agri start-up policy for different states
and this should be supported by a dedicated organisation to
promote agri start-ups.
FICCI Secretary General Dilip Chenoy said the agriculture
ecosystem is witnessing a wave of entrepreneurship with
disruptive and futuristic ideas. PTI RS APR

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