The Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) and Indian Council of Agriculture Research’s spice research arm Indian Institute of Spices Research (ICAR-IISR) have inked an agreement to work together in supporting digital technology-based startups from the agriculture sector.
In accordance with the agreement, KSUM and ICAR will work together to promote agritech startups and to support and guide agripreneurs to set up successful agri-business ventures.
ICAR-Indian Institute of Spices Research (ICAR-IISR), Kozhikode is a premier Institute under the Indian Council for Agriculture Research (ICAR) with a mandate to develop appropriate crop improvement, production, protection and processing technologies for spices, such as Black pepper, Cardamom, Ginger, Turmeric, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Clove, Nutmeg, Paprika, Garcinia etc., through basic and applied research and to conduct transfer of the developed technologies to the public, particularly to farmers through the co-operation of other agencies.
ICAR-IISR is desirous of establishing close linkage with manufacturers who are willing to produce technology, protect the intellectual property rights and are willing to upgrade the quality or any design changes as may be required from time to time in consultation with the Institute.
The following are the objectives of the mutual agreement:
- To setup an Incubation facility for agri startups with the support of KSUM
- To conduct technology awareness camps in association with KSUM
- To promote mentorship among faculties and extend mentorship support to startups
- To conduct startup workshop with the support of KSUM
- To share the technologies/knowledge available with startups through KSUM network
- To promote academic entrepreneurship among researchers and faculties
- To conduct workshop for young innovators with the support of KSUM
- To help KSUM to identify and showcase rural innovators
- To extend technical guidance and support to agripreneurs to setup agri-ventures
- To share and disseminate schemes and programs through KSUM networks