Rajesh Kumar, Akriti Anna, Rakhi Bharti and Akshita Chadda
COVAS (Bihar Animal Sciences University, Patna), Kishanganj, Bihar
About 50% of rural Indian women engaged in farming are classified as laborers as they mostly engaged in labor-intensive but un-skillful work and in the absence of proper training, this large chunk of human resource remains underutilized. This means that there is a huge potential for promoting value addition and entrepreneurship development to this segment. With proper training and guidance, these women could easily become entrepreneurs by processing farm products, and growing organic products, through direct selling, agri-tourism and on-farm education. Rural entrepreneurs can create unique products and offer services that are indigenous innovations and solutions to local problems. The government of India, through the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, has taken initiatives for implementing entrepreneurship development schemes and programmes for the youth and women of the Country through entrepreneurship education, handholding & mentorship, and essential linkages with financial and market institutions. Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojana (PMVDY) by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs is a Linked Entrepreneurship Development Programme for forming clusters of Tribal self-help groups and strengthening them into Tribal Producer Companies. By proper coordination of the skilling potential of the College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Kishanganj with available trained faculty members and financial assistance from government schemes it will be an effective and promising area of collaboration for promoting entrepreneurial skills among tribal youth and women of the area. The development of entrepreneurship in the rural-tribal communities is a basic but complex process of change.