Technology solutions, when developed at technological institutes or incubators, have to be validated with agricultural research institutes and also on farm, involving farmers. While validating technology innovations, innovators need thorough handholding support on field. What could be the best models to address this big need of technology innovators? The Research and Innovation Circle of Hyderabad (RICH), - an initiative of the Government of Telangana is establishing the first ever integrated platform – National Agricultural Research and Experience Centre (NAREC), which help such technology/rural innovators to collaborate faster with different research and certification agencies and farmers organisations, which could eventually reduce the time to commercialise. RICH has also provided many other platforms to innovators, which has substantially improved their success rates. The speaker will elucidate more on their initiatives in promoting technology innovations.Bio-Sketch of the Speaker:
An Agribusiness incubation professional with nine years of experience in promoting agri start-ups. He worked at the Agribusiness and Innovation Platform (AIP) of ICRISAT and implemented the co-business incubation program. He was instrumental in establishing the Agribusiness incubator at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, where he has promoted 63 agro companies. He has successfully commercialized eleven agro technologies including a gene named cry2Ai Bhubesh has established five value chain-based agri-business incubators in Africa under the UniBRAIN project funded by the Government of Denmark. He was handholding more than 40 African startups under the project. He is an adviser to the African Agribusiness IncubationNetwork (AAIN).