Knowledge Partner Concept of KBS-NIAM, Jaipur
Kisan Business School (KBS) is an initiative of CCS national Institute of Agricultureal Marketing, Jaipur,(A Govt of India Institution under Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare)

Kisan Business School brings the concept of ASPIRE.

  • Access : With respect to information technology
  • Support : Management Functions
  • Perpetual : Sustainable Business
  • Innovation : Business Opportunities
  • Robust : Realistic Design to take care of the risk Read More..

Minutes or Proceeding NIAM

Minutes of the discussion held with the Universities/Organisations during workshop held on implementing the Kisan Business School during 29-30 Aug. 2017

A two-days-workshop was organised by CCS National Institute of Agricultural Marketing, Jaipur during 29 - 30 August 2017, at its campus on various aspects of Kisan Business School. The concept is being implemented by the Institute in collaboration with State Agriculture Universities and other organisations during 2017-18 to develop capacity of farmers on efficient management and entrepreneurship to enable them to run their farm as profitable businesses. 
The workshop was attented by three state universities and two social organizations. Followings were present in the workshop-

Sr No Name Organisation
01 Dr Irina Garg Director General, CCS NIAM Jaipur
02 (i) Dr Pokharkar V G 
(ii) Dr Kamble BT
Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri-413722, Maharashtra
03 Dr Rajeev Bairathi Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture & Technology, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
04 Dr. Angad Prasad Central Agricultural University, Iroisemba, Imphal- 795 004, Manipur, India
05 (i) Dr L K Meena 
(ii) Dr Aditya
Bihar Agricultural University, Sabour (Bihar)
06 Dr Anita Dhobale Shriram Pratishthan, Wadla, North Solapur, Solapur 413222
07 Dr G V Ramanjaneyulu Centre for sustainable agriculture, Secunderabad - 500017 Telangana
08 Shalendra Coordinator (KBS), CCS NIAM Jaipur

The workshop was organised mainly to orient the interested organisations on the concept of Kisan Business School (KBS) and work out the modalities of partnership to implement the concept in different states. 
The proceedings of the Workshop started by the inaugural address by Dr Irina Garg, Director General NIAM. DG NIAM, who informed participants about the need for an education programme for farmers with focus on strengthening of farmers to help them take more educated and rational decisions, get them integrated with market and make farming more profitable. This was followed by a presentation by Dr Shalendra on the various aspects of the KBS Concept like duration, structure, selection of participants (farmers), responsibilities of different agencies and budgetary provisions. 
A presentation by Dr G V Ramanjaneyulu was also made on sharing his experience of pilot testing the concept in Andhra Pradesh. 
One session was dedicated to work-out the strategy and preparation of plan for different participating organisations for implementation of the concept of School in different states during current year. 
Some of the points discussed and observations made to facilitate the implementation of the concept are presented below:

  • Some of the points discussed and observations made to facilitate the implementation of the concept are presented below:
  • All the participants were of the opinion that the concept may be implemented right away from the Rabi Season. The learning of the implementation may be used to establish the model which may be scaled up subsequently.
  • It emerged that there is need for a batch of about 25-30 farmers to be enrolled per session. As there is every possibility of some drop-outs, it was suggested to at least enrol 35-40 farmers initially in the School.
  • The need for having an alumni network of the enrolled participants was also felt. Documentation also emerged as an important aspect to develop the model.
  • All the participating organisations were requested to submit the proposal by 7th September 2017. A format was also developed mutually consisting of items like-
  • Number of School
  • Name of the districts
  • Number of farmers
  • Selection criteria of farmers
  • Focus - enterprise like horticulture, livestock, cereals, etc
  • Support required from NIAM (budget requirement)
  • Format of implementation (as discussed)
  • Starting date
  • Calendar (tentative)
  • Team
  • Deliverables
  • The criteria of selection of farmers was also discussed. It was suggested to initially adopt a flexible approach in identifying farmers but the group came to a consensus that rate of success would likely be higher if the group of farmers was homogenous in terms of education and socio-economic index. Also each participant must be a cultivator with ability to read and write. Preference would be given to farmers between age group of 25-45 years.
  • Each participating organisation was advised to nominate a team of officers to be associated with the project along with their duties for smooth implementation of the concept. Preference would be given to officers who have participated in the workshop.
  • As most of the participants were of the opinion that the programme be launched during September-October targeting Rabi Season, a need was felt for an orientation program on various modules for the other persons going to implement the programme. It was mutually decided to organise the exposure programme during 18-19 September 2017.
  • The brief on the deliberations on State Plans is as ed below:
  • Andhra Pradesh and Telangana - Dr G V Ramanjaneyulu from Centre for Sustainable Agriculture presented his plan for implementation of KBS in two states namely Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The Centre proposed to implement 10 KBS during the Rabi Season by covering five districts from each state.
  • Manipur - Dr. Angad Prasad from Central Agricultural University informed that there is very little area under cultivation during Rabi Season and they may need some time to identify the farmers and that he would prefer to implement the concept during Kharif Season. However, DG NIAM asked CAU to identify at batch of 35 interested farmers from their region so as to facilitate implementing the concept during current year as Government is having so much focus on north-eastern region. He was also requested to identify a young associate familiar with the local language to assist rolling out the plan in north-eastern region.
  • Maharashtra - Representatives of Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri informed that there are total nine agro-climatic zones in the state and 10 districts of western Maharashtra comes under the jurisdiction of the University. They proposed to experiment with the concept by organising one School in Aman Nagar District with focus on three resource scarce blocks. They proposed to focus on seed growers of cereals.
  • Dr Anita Dhobale of Shriram Pratishthan proposed to organise the sessions in all the districts of state except Mumbai City and Mumbai suburban. She also proposed to organise two sessions in Karnataka.
  • Bihar - Representatives of Bihar Agricultural University, Sabour proposed to start the concept by implementing one School in Bhagalpur district with focus on vegetable growers.