The Government of India sponsored Agriclinics and Agribusiness Centre Scheme caters to the needs of the unemployed agri-graduates and provides them the necessary training to set up their own agri-ventures. In collaboration with MANAGE Hyderabad, so far 14 batches were conducted; 461 students were trained and 206 success stories have been recorded from April 2002 to 2005.
The AATC promotes networking among the young agripreneurs. It was actively involved in promoting and establishing national and state level associations of agri-professionals. As a result of its proactive role, the Agripreneurs Association of India at the national level and the state chapters such as the Maharashtra Agripreneurs Association of India (MAAI), Andhra Pradesh Agripreneurs Association of India (APAAI) and Agripreneurs Association of Goa (AAG) were launched and these associations conduct taluka level agri-exhibitions, seminars and workshops at taluka and village levels. The prominent event of MAAI was the Krishi Kranti Agricultural Exhibition and Seminar organized in memory of Hon’ble Shri. Appasahebji Pawar at Baramati in February 2005 which was presided over by Shri. Sharadchandraji Pawar, Union Minister for Agriculture, Food, Cooperation and Public Distribution. On seeing the success of such associations, the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India directed all the agricultural universities to promote such associations for professional networking. The AATC conducts institutional and state level interfaces between the trainees and other stakeholders frequently.
For the first time in the country, the AATC in collaboration with MANAGE, Hyderabad has conducted short-term training programmes on Agritourism in October 2003, and actively promotes Agritourism in the State. So far, two such national level training programmes have been conducted and six agritourism units have been established by the trainees in Maharashtra and Goa.
The AATC played a dynamic role in modifying the content and methodology of the training programme at the national level, because of the innovations experimented and tested during the training programmes. Introduction of personality enhancement workshops, visits to the units of the successful and trained agripreneurs, one-on-one interaction with bankers, involving trainees in the preparation of the scheme’s magazine “The Krishipreneur”, providing them with opportunities to undertake consultancy and farm advisory services during the training programme on the fields of the farmers, organizing interfaces of the trainees and the farmers, helping the successful agripreneurs in getting bank loans are some of the activities, achievements and innovations of AATC.