Entrepreneurs & Farmers

Jerna Medhi
Proprietor, JM Foods
Nagaon, Assam
“ We are very grateful to Agricultural Innovation Partnership & Assam Agricultural University for helping us in adopting this technology and in creating these pickles. The hands-on training we received from AIP program has benefitted us enormously”.
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Meghalee Bora
Proprietor, Meghalee Food Product
Jorhat, Assam
“Introducing innovative products in the market is the key to ensure our position as a market leader. Initial survey conducted for chicken and fish pickle developed by Assam Agricultural University and transferred to us through AIP indicated good market potential of these products. We will use our reach to popularize these in the entire northeastern region for a positive economic and societal impact.”
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Participant, AIP’s workshop on manufacturing baked food products
Owner, Avon Bakers & Confectioners
Meerut, Uttar Pradesh
“I took part in AIP’s training program for baked food processors where they trained me on several useful and necessary aspects of manufacturing baked food products that were hygienic as well as tasty. I especially enjoyed the part where they taught us how to adhere to the international standards in food manufacturing. Thanks to the training, I now produce quality food products like cakes, breads, biscuits, pastries, patties, etc.”
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Bhim Mirg
Participant, AIP’s workshop on manufacturing baked food products
Owner, Avon Bakers & Confectioners
Meerut, Uttar Pradesh
“AIP’s workshop on baked food production provided me with effective and useful knowledge on standard, hygienic techniques to produce quality products. After the workshop I went on to produce improved baked food items on my own. AIP helped me evolve as an entrepreneur.”
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Laveena Jain
Participant, AIP’s fruit and vegetable training program
Owner, Tripti Foods
Meerut, Uttar Pradesh
“I am privileged that for the first time AIP brought together an interdisciplinary team with several experts from an agricultural university to train me. As a small entrepreneur in food processing, I benefited through exciting interactions with faculty from the universities who showed me how to prepare better, hygienic products. Thanks to the training conducted by AIP, I now sell improved value-added products from fruits and vegetables such as jams, jellies, and fruit juices, among others.”
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Braham Pal Singh
Farmer, Village Jagaheri, Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh
Participant, workshop on NRM, May 2012
“I grow sugarcane in my 2 hectare land in a distant village in Western Uttar Pradesh. Having been trained in AIP’s NRM workshop, I am able to more effectively manage my farm. Water management through furrow irrigated raised bed planting system has helped me save water and increase farm productivity by 25% in one year. Precision farming, vermi-composting and effective fertilizer use have helped in the improvement of soil health. My monthly expenditure has gone down, and I have saved INR 42,000 this year. I will now diversify into more profitable crops such as scented rice and french beans.”
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Dr. Jyoti Kumar Gogoi
ARIS Cell, Assam Agricultural University
“AIP sponsored the audio/video equipment necessary for capturing lectures in the classroom and publishing them. With technology adoption, positive changes are already in the offing. Teachers are witnessing improvement in the overall grades of the students. In a few years from now, we plan to switch over to a blended learning system, where students would be provided with full time online support, apart from their classroom training sessions. For us this incredible achievement will definitely change the way we teach and learn.”
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Professor Arvind Bakhshi
Former Vice Chancellor
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology
“At a time when students from some of the best educational institutions are complaining of disinterest in studies, centers for teaching excellence seem a viable option to improve the scenario. AIP’s workshop on teaching excellence inspired us to set up a center to foster innovation in teaching. It has been a major hit at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology. It trains teachers, updates course content and makes teaching interactive and more fruitful.”
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Professor Mineswar Hazarika
College of Veterinary Science, Department of Livestock Products Technology
Assam Agricultural University
“AIP has helped me reach out to the entrepreneurs and has offered a platform to materialize my ideas. I have successfully transferred some of my technologies and in the process touched several lives around me.”
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Professor Ashok Kumar
Department of Soil Science, College of Agriculture
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture & Technology
“To date, a large number of farmers trained by AIP have experienced significant positive difference in their lives through simple, but efficient natural resources management techniques taught by AIP. Adoption of NRM techniques, such as water conservation, pest management, reforestation, crop diversification, crop rotation and soil health controls, are benefiting farmers and have led to an increase in their yields and incomes.”

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Professor A. K. Srivastava
Librarian, Central Library
Banaras Hindu University
“Our visit to the Albert R. Mann Library at Cornell helped us gain great insights. Thanks to the knowledge gained through AIP, we have transformed our library to a campus-wide knowledge hub that supports both online and offline learning. It’s for the first time ever that a cyber library has been established in a state agricultural university in India, which highlights the concerted efforts of AIP in empowering us with the necessary skills to set up and manage a digital storehouse of information.”
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Stefan Einarson
Director, Transnational Learning
Cornell University
“We are sharing new technologies with our partner institutions as part of the AIP project. ‘Blackboard Software’ services include syncing assignments, readings, and other resources through the Online Learning And Training (OLAT) tool. And the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) style ‘on-line video lecture capture capability’ of Cornell’s Transnational Learning experience brings classroom lectures from around the world to Indian Agricultural Education.”
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Professor Samsher
Department of Biotechnology
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture & Technology
“One of the biggest drivers of change in this unique ecosystem created by AIP has been the experiential learning module. Extension and outreach activities have helped bring faculty and students directly in touch with entrepreneurs and farmers. The unique ensemble of global experts, exchange students from the US and India and Indian educators have enriched agriculture in rural farms and truly brought alive the spirit of collaboration that was conceived by AIP.”
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Kriti Mishra
Student, Institute of Agricultural Sciences
Banaras Hindu University
“With access to 12,000 journals, the library has become a knowledge dispensation center. A user-friendly set-up of digital resources accessible anytime of the day, the cyber library has truly empowered us to take full advantage of the benefits that information and communication technology has to offer. The Cyber-library has transformed our concept of the library as just a place to borrow books from; it’s a window to the world for us. We are all reaping the rewards of the set-up every day.”
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Shyam Cheng Konwar
Assam Agricultural University
“Lecture capture has enabled me and many of my classmates to watch the lectures at our own pace, go anywhere in the presentation, stop, start, and repeat. These are advantages that we did not have earlier. We can now understand the lectures better and have higher chances of improving our grades.”
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Student, Department of Biotechnology
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture & Technology
“Through the AIP project, I was given the opportunity to participate in Cornell University’s IARD 4020 and 6020 courses. I was able to learn about agriculture systems on a global scale and network with my international peers. During the class field study trip across India, I was able to observe several different enterprises. One that affected me the most was Project Dekho, a non-profit eye institute run by Mahyco Research Foundation. They pick up villagers from their homes, treat their eye problems at world class facilities and then drop them back with proper medication. Serving more than 400 patients a day and setting up an ophthalmic camp every three months is an exceptionally inspiring job.”
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