Agriclinic and Agribusiness Centres Scheme Loans

Agriclinic and Agribusiness Centres Scheme





The scheme aims to promote the establishment of Agri-Clinics and Agri-Business Centres (ACABC) all over the country. 








Agri-Clinics




Agri-Clinics are envisaged to provide expert advice and services to farmers on various aspects to enhance productivity of crops/animals and increase the incomes of farmers. Agri-clinics provide support in the following areas:
  • Soil health
  • Cropping practices
  • Plant protection
  • Crop insurance
  • Post-harvest technology
  • Clinical services for animals, feed and fodder management
  • Prices of various crops in the market, etc. 



Agri-Business Centres




Agri-Business Centres are commercial units of agri-ventures established by trained agriculture professionals. Such ventures may include maintenance and custom hiring of farm equipment, sale of inputs and other services in agriculture and allied areas, including post-harvest management and market linkages for income generation and entrepreneurship development. 
The scheme covers full financial support for training and handholding, provision of loan and credit-linked back ended composite subsidy. 



Objectives of the scheme




  • To supplement efforts of public extension by necessarily providing extension and other services to the farmers on payment basis or free of cost as per business model of agripreneur, local needs and affordability of target group of farmers
  • To support agricultural development
  • To create gainful self-employment opportunities for unemployed agricultural graduates, agricultural diploma holders, intermediate in agriculture and biological science graduates with Post Graduation in agri-related courses.  





Who can benefit from the scheme? 







The scheme is open to the following categories of candidates: 
  • Graduates in agriculture and allied subjects from State Agriculture Universities (SAUs)/Central Agricultural Universities/Universities recognized by ICAR/UGC. Degree in Agriculture and allied subjects offered by other agencies are also considered subject to approval of Department of Agriculture & Cooperation, Government of India, on recommendation of the State Government
  • Diploma (with at least 50% marks)/Post Graduate Diploma holders in Agriculture and allied subjects from State Agricultural Universities, State Agriculture and Allied Departments and State Department of Technical Education.
  • Diploma in Agriculture and allied subjects offered by other agencies are also considered subject to approval of Department of Agriculture & Cooperation, Government of India on recommendation of the State Government
  • Biological Science Graduates with Post Graduation in Agriculture & allied subjects
  • Degree courses recognised by UGC having more than 60 percent of the course content in Agriculture and allied subjects
  • Diploma/Post Graduate Diploma courses with more than 60 percent of course content in Agriculture and allied subjects, after B.Sc. with Biological Sciences, from recognised colleges and universities.
  • Agriculture related courses at Intermediate (i.e. plus two) level, with at least 55% marks.
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Choose from a wide range of high-potential areas
Code
Area
Project01Soil, Water Quality and Input Testing Laboratory Service Centre
Project02Plant Protection Service Centre (Pest Surveillance, Diagnostic and Control Services including Integrated Pest Management)
Project03Maintenance, Repairs & Custom Hiring of Agricultural Implements and Machinery including Micro-irrigation Systems (sprinkler and drip)
Project04Agri Service Centres including at least the above three activities mentioned above (group activity)
Project05Seed Processing Units
Project06Micro-propagation through Plant Tissue Culture Labs and Hardening Units
Project07Setting up of Vermiculture Units, Production of bio-fertilizers, bio-pesticides, bio-control agents
Project08Setting up of Apiaries(Bee-keeping) and Honey and Bee Products Processing Units.
Project09Provision of Extension Consultancy services
Project10Facilitation and Agency of Agricultural Insurance Service
Project11Hatcheries and Production of fish finger-lings for Aquaculture
Project12Provision of Livestock Health Cover, setting up of Veterinary Dispensaries & Services including Frozen  Semen Banks and Liquid Nitrogen Supply
Project13Setting up of Information Technology Kiosks in rural areas for access to various agriculture related portals.
Project14Feed Processing and Testing Units
Project15Value Added Centres
Project16Setting up of Cool Chain from the farm level onwards(group activity)
Project17Post-harvest Management Centres for sorting, grading, standardization, storage and packing
Project18Setting up of Metallic/Non-Metallic Storage Structure and Rural Godowns
Project19Retail Marketing Outlets for Processing Agri-products
Project20Rural Marketing Dealerships of farm Inputs and Outputs

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