Ex-servicemen to be trained in farm techniques

Dr. P. Chandra Shekara

Ex-servicemen to be trained in farm techniques

60,000 defense personnel retire every year

National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE) will train ex-servicemen in farm techniques

HYDERABAD, Apr 2 (The CONNECT) -National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE) will train ex-servicemen in farm techniques to keep them gainfully occupied.

Nearly 60,000 defence personnel retire every year in the country and they not many get into agriculture, though most have rural background, Dr P. Chandra Shekara, director general of MANAGE, pointed out. This is mainly because most ex-servicemen are not familiar with farming.

Spotting this gap, MANAGE made a detailed report and wrote to the Defence Ministry to engage ex-servicemen and women in Agri Entrepreneurship Development under "Jai Jawan Kisan" programme which was accepted.

MANAGE, an apex level autonomous institute under the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, will train the retired defense personnel in technology, management and entrepreneurship in agriculture domain.  The first batch of 30 ex-servicemen will be trained from July this year.  Since the defense personnel are a disciplined lot, MANAGE expects to bring some kind of systems to farming as well. 

Meanwhile, MANAGE and Ray Consulting have joined to organise a three-day AIM-EDP (Agri Inputs Marketing Executive Development Programme) from May 11. The objective of the programme, be held at MANAGE Campus at Rajendranagar in Hyderabad, is to provide quality executive education to middle and senior-level leaders from Agri Input Industry to meet the challenge of sustaining business growth and avail opportunities offered by the ever-changing business environment mainly after the COVID pandemic.

MANAGE has a vast talent pool of Agri-Business Management Alumni, Agri Trained Youth, Micro enterprises, trained input dealers and Agri StartUps. All these platforms and the talent pool are open for the industry to explore, Dr. Chandra Shekara said.

Dr Shalendra, Deputy Director and Co-Chair of the AIP-EDP said the programme is aimed at Small and Mid-sized companies.  It will be experiential learning. 

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