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BESST-HORT organised Entrepreneurship Development Programme on Business prospects in Horticulture- Theme: Business opportunities in vegetables​ for FPOs.

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Date: 31st July, 1st August and 2nd August 2019

Venue: ICAR-IIHR, Hessaraghatta, Bengaluru

BESST HORT had organised a 3-day Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP) under the name Business Prospects in Horticulture in collaboration and with the support from Department of Horticulture, Government of Karnataka (PPP-IHD & FPO). The focus theme area was business opportunities in vegetables. The objective of the program to encourage to take up entrepreneurial activity in three core areas:

  1. Vegetable Seed Production of IIHR varieties & formation of seed village.
  2. Nursery development using the improved varieties of IIHR and technologies such as Arka fermented cocopeat.
  3. Vegetable pre-processing and preparation of processed foods.

The Department of Horticulture (PPP-IHD & FPO) had nominated the following FPOs for the program:

  • Sri Venugopala Swamy HFPCL, Hosakote, Bangalore (Rural).
  • Masti Venkatesh Iyengar HFPCL, Malur, Kolar.
  • Holur HFPCL, Holur, Kolar.
  • Moodalagiri HFPCL, Mulbagal, Kolar.
  • Sri Amaranarayana HFPCL, Chintamani, Chickkaballapura.
  • Kengal HFPCL, Kengal, Ramanagara.

The FPOs nominated had access to the tertiary market for vegetable sales and were regular growers of vegetables. The idea behind the EDP was to help the CEOs and Directors of the above FPOs to develop enterprises in the core area of seed development, nursery development and vegetable processing.

The scientists from the Indian Institute of Horticulture Research especially from the Vegetable Science Division, seed production unit and post-harvest technologies showed keen interest training the farmers in the domain of expertise. The following scientist were involved in the training:

Sl No

Scientists

Area of training

1

Dr. Veeregowda R

Introduction of ICAR-IIHR vegetable varieties/hybrids

2

Dr. H S Yogeesha

Principles of vegetable seed production

3

Dr. T H Singh

Seed production techniques in Tomato & Brinjal

4

Dr. K Madhavi Reddy

Seed production techniques in Chilli & Capsicum

5

Dr. Varalakshmi

Seed production techniques in Gourds

6

Dr. E Sreenivas Rao

Seed production techniques in melons

7

Dr. T S Aghora

Seed production methods in French bean, Garden pea & Vegetable cowpea

8

Dr. Raghu B R

Seed production methods in Dolichos bean & Curry leaf

9

Dr. Raja Shankar

Seed production methods in Drumstick, Pumpkin & Summer squash

10

Dr. Senthil Kumar M

Organic vegetable seed production

11

Dr. Bhuvaneswari

Processing of Crushed Tomato Technology

12

Dr. Uma Maheshwari

Nematode management in Vegetable seed production

13

Dr. Anil Kumar Nair

Quality vegetable seedlings production and grafting

14

Dr. Sandeep Kumar

Disease management in Vegetable seed production

15

Dr. D V Sudhakar Rao

Packaging/ Pack house management for Vegetable crops

16

Dr. V Sridhar

Insect management in Vegetable seed production

 

Apart from the training by the scientists of the IIHR, field visits were arranged to the demo plots of seed production by Dr. Yogeesha H S (Nodal Officer, RFS – Veg & Flower crops). The field visit was assisted by the technical staff. An interaction was arranged with the seed producing progressive farmer & one of the farmers involved in IIHR’s seed production activity from Dodda Tumkur – Mr. Radhakrishna.

The FPOs were exposed to the process business planning and marketing through sessions by experts such as Mr. Ravi Challu (Serial Entrepreneur & Business Coach), Mr. Jagadish Sunkad (Agri-industry Expert) and Mr. Venkatta Reddy (Rtd Prof of Marketing, UASB).

Key Learnings:

 

  • Although the FPOs were exposed to all the hybrids and hi- tech horticulture, they were also walked through the stringent quality assessment process, they have to walk to achieve excellence in these domains.
  • It was indicated that the FPO can start seed production open pollinated varieties and how IIHR itself can procure the produced seeds.
  • It was pointed to the FPOs that they can achieve great confidence by starting off with French beans, dolichos and cowpea varieties seed production. After gaining confidence the FPOs can start exploring Hybrids and more difficult varieties.
  • The entire process of seed procurement, quality inspection, seed processing and payment process in IIHR was transparently explained to the FPOs.
  • The Licensing process of IIHR and incubation process of BESST HORT was also explained to FPOs.

Feedback:

BESST HORT initiates the feedback seeking mechanism after every EDP program and keeps the FPOs in the loop for a determinative conclusion. Based on the feedback received the following are the technologies that the FPOs have shown interest in:

Sl No.

FPO Name

Technology of interest which they are likely to pursue

1

Sri Venugopala Swamy HFPCL, Hosakote, Bangalore (Rural)

Crushed Tomato Technology

2

Masti Venkatesh Iyengar HFPCL, Malur, Kolar.

Not shown interest in any technology

3

Holur HFPCL, Holur, Kolar.

Not shown interest in any technology

4

Moodalagiri HFPCL, Mulbagal, Kolar

Vegetable seed production -Cowpea

5

Sri Amaranarayana HFPCL, Chintamani, Chickkaballapura

Not shown interest in any technology

6

Kengal HFPCL, Kengal, Ramanagara

Nursery Development, Cocopeat and Crushed Tomato

FPOs have requested governmental support for establishing the necessary infrastructure to establish the business of their interest.

Follow through plan:

BESST HORT has already initiated the process of following up with the FPOs based on their interest and will help the respective FPOs to seek the technical and other supports to establish the enterprise where they have shown interest. All necessary technical help will be provided to the FPOs who have made their business decision to establish their own enterprise using IIHR technology.

The Contributions:

The program was well supported by the Department of Horticulture, Government of Karnataka (PPP-IHD & FPO) and well conducted by the IIHR’s Scientist. Smt. Kshama Patil (DDH, PPP-IHD) and Dr. Jainag (ADH, FPO unit) of horticulture department led the process in nomination and ensuring that all FPOs took best advantage of the program.

The Director of IIHR & President, BESST HORT and the CEO of BESST HORT had put the entire resource for the program and had enthused the BESST HORT team to deliver the best for the FPOs. The seed processing unit and seed production team stood behind the organizers and organized the field visits with the restricted resources.

The program was organized by BESST – HORT, the TBI of IIHR. The team consisting of Mr. Vaibhav B S (Chief Operating Officer), Dr. Shivaganagavva P D (Business Executive), Smt. Nandhini C L (Business Executive), Shyam Kumar (Admin), Prasanna (Accounts), Nithesh and Pradeep Kumar organized the programme under the guidance of the CEO and President of BESST-HORT. The day and night contribution of Shyam, Nithesh and Pradeep Kumar needs a special mention. 

All contributions would be complete only if the FPOs take lead and establish a successful enterprise in the technology that they have been introduced to.