Executive Development Programme

Export Import Training

DABD, TNAU conducts a five days Entrepreneur Development Programme (EDP) on Agriculture Export for the benefit of farmers, rural youths, unemployed graduates etc., The major objective of this programme is to offer capacity building programmes in the domain of agricultural exports for the budding exporters, startups and rural youths. So far, 15 training programmes were conducted and 188 participates attended the training programme. For the benefit of farmers, rural youths, unemployed graduates, Management of Farmer Producer Companies Certificate course offered by the DABD in collaboration with Directorate of Open and Distance Learning.

Coconut Farmers EDP

Main aim is to motivate the farmers to start coconut based value addition enterprises funded by Coconut Development Board, Chennai



Interaction on Good Agriculture Practices for enhancing quality of produce

Exposure to various processing activities

Visits to small scale industries

Hands on training for preparation of bankable projects

Interaction with successful entrepreneurs

Exposure on formation of coconut farmer producer companies

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4 – 8.02.19

Peravurani coconut Agro FPC


18 – 22.03.19

Kanyakumari CFPC


29.10.19 – 2.11.19

Pasumai CFPC


22 – 26.11.21

Udumalpet CFPC, Dindigul CFPC


28.02.22 – 04.03.22

Gopi Velanmai CFPC, Madathukulam CFPC, Vinayaga CFPC


7 – 11.03.22

Kangeyam CFPC, Salamalai Horticulture Development FPC

Capacity building training to FPOs at DABD in TNAU

Collectivization of producers, especially small and marginal farmers, into producer organizations has emerged as one of the most effective pathways to address the many challenges of agriculture but most importantly, improved access to investments, technology, inputs, and markets. The Department of Agricultural Marketing and Agri-Business has promoted 318 Farmer Producer Organizations under various schemes such as National Agricultural Development Programme, National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture & Tamil Nadu Irrigated Agricultural Modernisation Project.



FPOs are mostly in the start-up stage and face various challenges related to entrepreneurial capacity, business and marketing strategy, financial resources, etc. Board members of FPOs in most of the cases are coming from farming backgrounds.  For most of the farmer members, running a Farmer Collective within a corporate framework is a new concept. Therefore, Board members need regular capacity building upon good management practices and increase their turnover. FPOs need to be oriented to gain proficiency in strategic planning, bookkeeping, business skills, marketing, corporate governance, etc to make FPO stable and sustainable. Capacity building and training support have to be extended to FPOs to transform them into agri entrepreneurs.

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