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Turn entrepreneurs, graduates told

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“Also provide service to rural community”

— Photo: S. James.

MAKING A POINT: V.K. Reddy, Director, Human Resource Development, National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management, Hyderabad, addressing trainees in the city on Tuesday.

MADURAI: Agri business had a very good scope and graduates should come forward to become entrepreneurs. The aim of the entrepreneurs should not only be towards making money but providing service to the rural community, said V. K. Reddy, Director, Human Resource Development, National Institute of Agricultural Management, Hyderabad.

Addressing the inaugural session of a 60-day free residential training programme on agri clinics and agri business here on Tuesday, he said that candidates in Tamil Nadu were more serious than anywhere. He asked the trainees to engage in ethical farming practices so that sustainability became a crucial element in the practice, which would help future generations.

The ultimate aim was to make the graduates job providers rather than job seekers.

Voluntary Association of People Service (VAPS) conducts the programme in association with National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development to set up agri-clinics and agri-business centres. The course is open for unemployed graduates of farm, veterinary, fisheries, home science and allied subjects.

A credit-linked subsidy of 25 per cent of the capital cost loan would be offered to candidates from the general category. For candidates belonging to SC/ST categories and women, 33.33 per cent subsidy would be offered.

Trained candidates can avail themselves of credit of up to Rs.5 lakh without any collateral security and up to Rs.10 lakh with security for their ventures from nationalised and cooperative banks.

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