KSUM, CPCRI Join Hands to Give Fillip to Agri Startups

Agri Startup

Thiruvananthapuram:  In a big boost to agriculture startups, Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) and the Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to guide budding entrepreneurs convert their enterprises into commercially successful ventures with the backing of technology.

As per the MoU, the CPCRI will provide technological assistance to the startups that come up with innovative entrepreneurship ideas in the agriculture sector while the KSUM will offer guidance for marketing using modern tools, including consultancy to sharpen their entrepreneurial skills.

The CPCRI has developed more than 30 technologies for agriculture entrepreneurs.

Dr. Saji Gopinath, CEO, KSUM and Dr. P Chowdappa, Director, CPCRI signed the MoU in the presence of Justice P Sathasivam, Governor of Kerala, at the Innovators’ Meet held in Kasargod recently.

Dr. Raju Narayana Swamy IAS, Chairman, Coconut Development Board (CDB), and N A Nellikkunnu MLA, Kasargod were also present on the occasion.

The MoU envisages conduct of seminars to implement innovative technologies in the agriculture sector and the introduction of new technologies for the benefit of farmers.

Agri startup meets will also be organised once in a month for students and fresh entrepreneurs to familiarize them with the untapped possibilities in the agriculture sector. Entrepreneurs, who are successfully running ventures in this sector, will also participate in the startup meets.