"AGRICULTURE WAS THE FIRST OCCUPATION OF MAN, AND IT EMBRACES THE WHOLE EARTH, IT IS THE FOUNDATION OF ALL OTHER INDUSTRIES"
– E.W. STEWART
In layman’s language, Agripreneurship is a combination of Agriculture and Entrepreneurship. It is process which takes up new methods & techniques in agriculture or allied sectors for better output. It includes agriculture, animal husbandry, agro-based industries, agribusiness, agro-based enterprises, rural & allied sectors as well as agriculture exports. Agripreneurship plays an important role in the growth and development of national economy through entrepreneurship development which increases the income level and employment opportunities in rural as well as urban areas. During 2008 financial crisis and COVID-19 pandemic, agriculture and value chain was the only sector emerged and created various career opportunities. It helps in inducing productivity gains by smallholder farmers and integrating them into local, national and international markets. It helps in reducing food costs, supply uncertainties and improving the diets of the rural and urban poor in the country. It also generates growth, increasing and diversifying income, and providing entrepreneurial opportunities in both rural and urban areas.
Value chain management is about farm to market supply chain system, which includes growing, buying, selling, processing, transporting, storing, checking, and packaging of agricultural goods. This creates a need of opportunities for farmers, industries/ processors, wholesalers, distributors, retailers to contribute at each stage in the value chains. Value chain management comprises steps of pre-production, harvest production, post production, industrial processing, and consumption which create opportunities for farmers and entrepreneurs to understand and improve the efficiency of value chains and establish themselves as a successful identity in the market.
M.Sc./P.G. Diploma/M.B.A. in Agripreneurship and Value Chain Management will provide new avenue of opportunities in