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KVASU to launch Comprehensive Entrepreneurship portal for the State by November 2016

Dr.T.P.Sethumadhavan


Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University will launch a comprehensive livestock entrepreneurship portal for the State by November 2016. This portal www.kvasuleap.in will include all the potential stakeholders in livestock sector, institutions, data base, services, banking and finance, successful models, practices, export –import policies, programmes, strategies and action plan required for promoting livestock entrepreneurship in the State. Says T.P.Sethumadhavan, Director of Entrepreneurship of KVASU. All the information related to Dairy, Poultry and meat related to production, processing, marketing, value addition, opportunities within the country and abroad, institutions supporting the programmes, etc will be included in the portal. At a time when entrepreneurship is getting momentum across the country, this portal will highlight integrated livestock and agri production under the banner safe to eat products. Recently University launched Startup Village project through integrating Agri, livestock, dairy and fisheries sectors. This model can be percolated in the state as on demand. Moreover it will highlight the need for launching startup projects in agri, livestock and allied sectors.
KVASU leap will be a comprehensive entrepreneur advisory portal where information such as schemes of different stake holding government institutions, trainings offered, current project s of the local self governments for the year, funding opportunities, etc will be made available for any prospective entrepreneurs in this sector Says Dr.Deepa Ananth, Principal Investigator of the project. This venture is supported by the stake holding departments like Animal Husbandry Department, Dairy Development Department, Milma, Kudumbasree, KLD board, Kerala Feeds, KILA etc. This interactive portal will facilitate consultancy services for potential entrepreneurs. Non resident Indians who are interested to establish agri based ventures will get technical support from appropriate institutions. Livestock entrepreneurship portal will provide appropriate relevant statistical data for the proposed 13th five year plan. Taking in to account the increasing population, consumption of livestock products will increase. So there will be a huge demand supply mismatch will arise. In order to fill up the gap production of milk, meat and eggs need to be further augmented. Kerala could achieve up to 72 percent sustainability in milk production. But with regard to meat, there lies a huge gap between availability and requirement. Animal protein is the cheapest protein sources through which protein malnutrition can be corrected. Promotion of livestock entrepreneurship after taking in to account the advantages of better connectivity, social media and knowledge transfer will facilitate to increase production and thereby increasing livelihood and employment opportunities in the sector. It will strengthen agribusiness sector with due emphasis to value addition, processing, logistics, e commerce and food safety issues. 

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