ICCo and ICCSPL (Innovative Change Collaborative Services Pvt. Ltd.) organized a workshop on “Agri-Entrepreneurs: Challenges and Opportunities for Agri entrepreneurs of North East Region” The event was held on 5th July, 2016 at Hotel Royal De’ Casa, Guwahati, Assam. Important dignitaries who addressed the gathering included Mr. Alay Barah (Executive Director, ICCo), Mr. Hans Adema, (ICCO Cooperation), and Mr. Arindom Hazarika (Founder, Arohan Foods Pvt. Ltd.)
This workshop aimed at highlighting the best practices of the entrepreneurs from the North East region. It also focused on discussing the various challenges that agri-preneurs face and concurrently converting them into viable opportunities by exchanging vital information and knowledge-sharing among the participants. There were 30 participants, predominantly from the North East region and other parts of the country with a diverse mix of agri-entrepreneurs, industry and government representatives.
Mr. Subir Singha, Business Acceleration expert, ICCo started the proceedings for the day with a welcome note. He briefly spoke about the objective of the workshop and highlighted the order of the day. Mr. Alay Barah then addressed the gathering. Mr. Barah, in the inaugural address, spoke at length about ICCo’s role in strengthening the agribusiness sector and how it was committed to reach out to the agri-entrepreneurs throughout the country. This was followed by the keynote address by Mr. Hans Adema, ICCO Cooperation. Mr. Adema made an impressive presentation on ‘Global Agribusiness Scenario.’ With this, the inaugural session was concluded and the technical session was opened to some lively presentations from the participants. One of the highlights of the workshop was a presentation by Mr. Arindom Hazarika from Arohan Foods. He gave an overview on piggery farming and processed pork items produced by Arohan that are very popular among consumers across the country. He also emphasized how a sense of ownership of the employees could ensure sustainability of the business initiative. Another entrepreneur, Ms. Rekha Rose Dukru made a presentation on her organic agri-venture, Eden Garden. She and her family have a cultivable land of 80 acres, where they have grown all types of fruits ranging from kiwis to passion fruits with a small section of land allocated for animal husbandry. Ms. Rekha advocated for infrastructural support to the agri farmers of North East region. Organization present at the event like Miracle Horringa, Sustainable Agri Pvt. Ltd. etc. lauded the efforts of ICCo and its partner Grameen Sahara for providing a much needed platform to the agri-entrepreneurs of North East India and enabling them to pitch their success stories in the innovative forum for business convergence and knowledge breakthrough.
As a way forward, ICCo will map the current agribusiness scenario in the North East India. The organization plans to come up with a strategic intervention plan to boost the agri-farming sector and also incubate healthy and sustainable agriculture enterprises from the region in the near future. This workshop initiative from ICCo was deemed as first-of-its-kind by the participating entrepreneurs of the North East region.