A two-day conclave on agriculture startups, organized by the department of agricultural economics of the Institute of Agricultural Sciences, BHU, began on Saturday. The conclave is being held in collaboration with Baroda UP Gramin Bank, IGNOU, Varanasi Regional Center Branch at Shatabdi Krishi Auditorium, BHU, Varanasi.
Experts present at the conclave held discussions on the theme “Cultivating Innovation for a Sustainable Future”.
Students, entrepreneurs, exhibitors, delegates from different startups and farmers participated in the event. The event saw exhibitions on agricultural startups, support schemes of different banks and presentation of innovative ideas by young entrepreneurs and other delegates. Good practices and ideas have been evaluated and will be rewarded during the closing ceremony.
Guest of honor, Nisha Niranjan, young entrepreneur and CEO of VN Organics Pvt. Ltd. and Director, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Varanasi, Dr. Sudhanshu Singh, as the chief guest, inaugurated the ceremony.
During the inaugural session, all the guests were welcomed by the Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, Prof. HP Singh. The guest of honor Nisha Niranjan motivated all the new entrepreneurs, who presented their startup pitches. She told them about the model of sustainability and uniqueness and also highlighted the importance of mushrooms as a food source in the near future.
Director of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Varanasi, Dr Sudhanshu Singh, highlighted some rice varieties with low glycemic index and higher protein content. He also highlighted the role of innovations in agriculture.
In his speech, Dean Faculty of Agricultural Sciences Dr. Brajesh Sinha highlighted the nutritional value of agricultural crops and appealed to the youth to undertake innovation for a better future with indigenous ideas.
Dr UN Tripathi, Regional Director of IGNOU marked his presence and enlightened everyone about Agri startups. The program was graced by Prof. Kalyan Ghadei, Dr. Amitabh Rakshit, Dr. Manish Yadav, Dr. UP Singh, Dr. Ramesh Chandra, Dr. DS Bunkar, Dr. Nikhil, Dr. Anoop, Dr. AK Singh and Dr. Neeraj Singh.
The organizing secretary of the conclave, Dr. Virendra Kamalvanshi, presented an overview of the program with the ideas central to the objectives of the event. Dr PS Badal, co-organizing secretary proposed the vote of thanks.
Startup pitches were presented after the inaugural session where participants presented different business ideas. In addition to this, the researchers and students presented their poster presentations in which they had the opportunity to exhibit the results of their research related to agriculture.