Under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav, department of animal husbandry & dairying, Govt. of India organized a grand start-up Conclave to promote the existing and emerging startups in the livestock, dairy, and animal husbandry sectors at the Marriott Convention Center, Hyderabad in close collaboration with the National Dairy Development Board, Startup India, CII and the animal husbandry department, Telangana.
Parshottam Rupala, minister - fisheries, animal husbandry and dairying, Government of India, graced the event with his presence as chief guest in the august presence Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, minister of state fisheries, animal husbandry, and dairying, and L. Murugan, minister of state fisheries, animal husbandry and dairying and T. Srinivas Yadav, minister for animal husbandry, fisheries, and cinematography, Telangana.
Addressing the Conclave, Parshottam Rupala stated that agriculture diversification through animal husbandry is one of the primary drivers of growth in rural incomes, and higher public investment in the livestock sector is the need of the hour. The ministry of animal husbandry and dairying (MoAHD) stands committed to working with all stakeholders to further boost growth in the livestock sector and thereby make animal husbandry more remunerative to farmers and entrepreneurs engaged in the Livestock Sector.
Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Hon'ble Minister of State of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying also addressed the gathering and highlighted the importance of the livestock sector and Major Challenges of the Livestock Sector in India viz. lower productivity and emerging diseases. The Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying is dovetailing and synergizing efforts with other Ministries and stakeholders to overcome all these challenges and promote entrepreneurship, technology interventions, digitalization, innovative ideas, and much more.
The ministry of fisheries, animal husbandry, and dairying is also dovetailing and synergizing efforts with other ministries and stakeholders, especially in the context of a common objective of helping farmers and entrepreneurs increase their income through the livestock sector.
L. Murugan, minister of the state of fisheries, animal husbandry, and dairying, emphasized that, "Transforming the rural economy through scientific intervention in the livestock sector has already commenced, and we are speeding up the process to achieve new milestones and Valuable suggestions for all the stakeholders will help us to formulate policy for further development."
"We are marking Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav and have entered into Amrit Kaal, the 25-year-long lead-up to India. Before 2014, there were a meager number of startups and now we are 3rd in the world with more than 1 lakh startups." India is in 8th position in meat exports and 3rd in egg exports across the world. Dairy, animal husbandry growing and leading with technology," the minister added.
T. Srinivas Yadav, minister for animal husbandry and fisheries, Govt. of Telangana, congratulated the department, for organizing such a conclave of startups, in Hyderabad.
Rajesh Kumar Singh, secretary, in his opening remarks, highlighted the enormous potential of India’s livestock and dairying sector and various interventions being taken by the Government for livestock, including infrastructure development, enhancing productivity, product value addition improving livestock health, and providing services to farmers’ doorstep.
Varsha Joshi, additional secretary, GoI, gave a brief presentation on the promotional and supportive activities of the department of animal husbandry, nurturing the growth of startups. Sapna Poti, director, strategic alliances division, PSA Office, discussed industry & startup engagements through the MANTHAN Platform at the Grand Startup Conclave.
Meenesh Shah, chairman, extended a vote of thanks to the Dignitaries and participants of the Conclave.
This event brought together entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts to share their ideas, network, and learn from each other. It provided an excellent opportunity to showcase innovative ideas and products and network with fellow entrepreneurs and stakeholders. The event featured keynote speeches by prominent industry leaders, interactive sessions, panel discussions, and presentations by successful start-ups.
The Conclave included Showcasing of Selected startups, a Pitch fest, Buyer seller meet, and a workshop for startups to train the early-stage startups operating in the Animal Husbandry and Dairying Sector in the art of pitching, building the main business pillars and their story of impact.
Earlier in the day, Parshottam Rupala, along with other dignitaries inaugurated the exhibition on start-ups showcasing their products and innovative ideas.