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Agri Business Incubation (ABI)


ICAR-CIRCOT Agri Business Incubation (ABI) Centre was sanctioned by ICAR under XIIth Plan Scheme of National Agricultural Innovation Fund (NAIF) Component II (Incubation Fund) in 1st January 2016. This centre envisages facilitating incubation of new startups/entrepreneurs & enterprises for innovative technologies by providing need based physical, technical, business and networking support, facilities and services to test and validate their venture before successful establishment of enterprises. Presently the ICAR-CIRCOT-ABI centre is promoting entrepreneurs in fields of antimicrobial textile finishing, degossypolised cottonseed meal for poultry feed, cotton rubber composite batons for police force, various application of nanocellulose in paper and composites.

The ICAR-CIRCOT-ABI Centre is currently working towards achieving the following objectives:

  • Incubation and business development in cotton and its by-products
  • Techno-entrepreneurial activities in cotton value chain for building prospective clientele
  • Skill development in selected stakeholders related to cotton sector.

ICAR-CIRCOT-ABI Advisory Committee:

1.Dr. S. K. ShuklaDirector, ICAR-CIRCOT, MumbaiChairman
2.Dr. R. P. KachruFormer ADG (PE), ICAR, New DelhiMember
3.Dr. A. J. ShaikhFormer Director, ICAR-CIRCOT, MumbaiMember
4.Prof. Narendra ShahCTARA, IIT, MumbaiMember
5.Dr. M. K. SharmaWhole Time Director & CEO, Bajaj Steel Industries Limited, NagpurMember
6.Dr. A. K. BharimallaSenior Scientist, Principal Investigator: ICAR-CIRCOT-ABI Centre, MumbaiMember - Secretary

Management team of ICAR-CIRCOT-ABI Centre:

1.Project LeaderDr. S. K. Shukla, Director, ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai
2.PIDr. Ashok Kumar Bharimalla, Principal Scientist & Head I/c., ETTD
3.Co-PIsDr. C. Sundaramoorthy, Principal Scientist, T.T.D.
Dr. K. Pandiyan, Scientist, OIC, GTC, Nagpur
Dr. G. Krishna Prasad, Scientist, MPD
Dr. Manoj Kumar Mahawar, Scientist, TTD
Dr. (Smt.) Kirti Jalgaonkar, Scientist, QEID
Dr. (Smt.) Sharmila S. Patil, Scientist, QEID
Dr. (Smt.) Jyoti Dhakane-Lad, Scientist, CBPD
Dr. Sheshrao Kautkar, Scientist, MPD
Dr. Ajinath Dukare, Scientist, CBPD
Mr. D.U. Patil, CTO, GTC, Nagpur
Mrs. Prachi R. Mhatre, ACTO, Library

Technologies available at ICAR-CIRCOT for start-ups, entrepreneurs and innovators:

  • Ecofriendly preparation of absorbent cotton for medical & hygiene products

    • Antimicrobial
    • UV protection
    • Water repellencyNanofinishing Technologies for Cotton Textiles
  • Cotton rich blends for functional textile applications
  • Innovative Finishing processes for garments & home textiles: Mosquito repellent, pesticide protection cloths & denim
  • Software module for non-metameric color matching in textiles
  • CIRCOT Calibration Cotton for global outreach
  • Sustainable business model for cotton at village level:

    • Quality based trading
    • Supply chain logistics (custom hiring) for chipped cotton stalk supply
    • Value addition to cotton biomass
    • CIRCOT mini card for sliver preparation
  • Microbial Degossypolisation of cottonseed meal for poultry, fish & piggery sectors
  • Enhancing farmers and other stakeholders income by Cotton value chain through startup & entrepreneurship development
  • Cotton Trading based on Quality Parameters for better price & remuneration to Farmers

ICAR-CIRCOT-ABI Centre is the first of its kind agri-business incubator in the Mumbai region emphasizing on incubation for cotton-based technologies.

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