About Directorate

The Directorate of Agribusiness Development (DABD) was established in 2007 with the major mandate of supporting startup companies in agriculture and also commercializing the technologies developed by the University. The DABD strives to serve as a one stop solution to all the business needs of agribusiness firms and entrepreneurs who are interested in agriculture and allied activities.

Institutional Development Plan

Institutional Development Plan (IDP) – “Enhancing the learning outcome, employability and entrepreneurial skills of farm graduates through excellence in education” is implemented for ICAR accredited undergraduate programs of constituent colleges of TNAU.

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IDP Leader
Principal Investigator
Co-Principal Investigator
Nodal Officer
Cooperating Centre & Co-Principal Investigator (s)
IDP Technical Team


ABD News Letter

Technology Commercialization

Technologies / machineries developed by TNAU are commercialized by this Directorate. License for technologies are issued on non- exclusive basis for which license fee and royalty on annual sales is also collected from the firms. As on June 2020, 25 technologies developed by TNAU have been commercialized to 38 firms. Read More

Seed Sector Consortium

TNAU has evolved many high yielding hybrids in agricultural and horticultural crops. In order to make the hybrids reach the farmers in large scale throughout Tamil Nadu and India and in less time, TNAU is involved in commercializing the promising high yielding hybrids to public and private seed producing agencies. To facilitate the commercialization, TNAU has created Private Seed Sector Research and Technology Consortium with public and private seed companies as members. As on June 2020, Seven TNAU hybrids covering Rice, Maize and Okra have been commercialized to 10 seed companies throughout India through this consortium. License has been given for the varieties Melia dubia MTP 2 (ten firms) and Casuarina MTP 2 (Two firms) and their multiplication. Read More

Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0

Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0

Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0 (UBA 2.0) is a flagship national program of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. IIT New Delhi is the National Coordinating Institute (NCI) for the program. The objective of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan is to enable participating higher education institutions to work with the rural people in identifying challenges and evolving appropriate solutions for accelerating sustainable growth in rural areas. Directorate of Agribusiness Development (DABD) is functioning as one of the Regional Coordinating Institutions (RCIs) for the GoI, MHRD – sponsored Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0 Scheme from March 2019 onwards. The Regional Coordinating Institute (RCI) have to facilitate guide and monitor the rural development activities of 190 Participating Institutes (PIs) in their region. DABD, TNAU has been allotted ten districts central zone of Tamil Nadu viz. Coimbatore, Erode, Karur, Nagapattinam, Namakkal, Thanjavur, Nilgris, Thiruchirappalli, Tiruppur and Tiruvarur. RCI shall work in accordance with the guidance and the plan approved by the National Steering Committee of UBA formed by MHRD, GoI. The PIs have to adopt five villages each and should carry out the rural development activities based on the five thematic areas of UBA 2.0 i.e., 1. Organic farming, Renewable energy, 3. Water Management, 4. Basic Amenities and Artisans and 5. Industries and Livelihood.