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Agri-Clinics and Agri-Business (AC&ABC) Scheme

14th January, 2023 Agriculture

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  • On National Youth Day, also known as Vivekananda Jayanti, 82 best Agripreneurs who were trained under the– Agri-Clinics and Agri-Business (AC&ABC) Scheme were trained.


  • Agri-Clinics and Agri-Business (AC&ABC), is a Central Sector Scheme implemented in the country in collaboration with NABARD since 2002.
  • It aims to transform unemployed youth into self-employed Agripreneurs through a 45 days free residential training at different parts of the country with a provision for availing loan and subsidies from the banks.
  • The AC&ABC Scheme is being implemented by National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), Hyderabad in different states in the country.

The objectives of the scheme are

    • To supplement efforts of public extension by providing extension and other services to farmers either on a payment basis or free of cost as per the business model of agri-preneur, local needs and affordability of target group of farmers
    • To support agricultural development
    • To create gainful self-employment opportunities to unemployed agricultural graduates, agricultural diploma holders, and intermediate in agriculture and biological science graduates with PG in agri-related courses. 


  • Agri-Clinics are envisaged to provide expert advice and services to farmers on various aspects to enhance productivity of crops/animals and increase the incomes of farmers. Agri-Clinics provide support in the following areas:
    • Soil health
    • Cropping practices
    • Plant protection
    • Crop insurance Clinical services for animals, feed and fodder management
    • Post-harvest technology
    • Clinical services for animals, feed and fodder management
    • Prices of various crops in the market, etc.

Agri-Business Centres:

  • Agri-Business Centres are commercial units of agri-ventures established by trained agriculture professionals.
  • These ventures may include maintenance and custom hiring of farm equipment, sale of inputs and other services in agriculture and allied areas, including post-harvest management and market linkages for income generation and entrepreneurship development.
  • The scheme covers full financial support for training and handholding, provision of loan and credit-linked back-end composite subsidy.