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Agribusiness Management Employment NewsAgriculture is the backbone to the Indian economy. This sector occupies 17.5% rate in the national GDP. This sector is providing occupation to major population in the country apart from providing food to the nation. Agriculture is also supplying lot of raw materials to many major industries in the country. However changing trends of business strategies, advanced technological information, globalization and changes in the role of government are all shooting lot of challenges to the agriculture sector. Today’s agriculture is not just limited to food production but is also playing an important role on the business front. 

Untill green revolution we used to import food grains but today have reached to a position of exporting them to other countries. But when compared to other countries like china we are still lagging behind in the production of food grains per hectare land. Moreover India is still processing only 16% of its food production and almost 35% of the food is being wasted at the time of packaging and transportation. On the other side, market for processed and packaged food is expanding rapidly. Based on this, agriculture related industries are being promoted in a big way. According to these changing trends the requirement for qualified human resources in agriculture sector is increasing. So with increasing business options in this sector Agri-Business management is turning out into an attractive career for the youth. Agriculture students are now changing their roles as agri business managers and must understand that they should not only know their organizations requirements but must also stand in support to the farmers helping them implement new changes in their farming for better yields.

What is Agri business?

Every company that is doing business transactions with farmers come under the agri business sector. These transactions may be either in the form of products or even services. Similarly suggestions for agriculture, seeds, pesticides, supplying agriculture equipment all come under agri business. In the same way providing loans to agriculture, agriculture insurance, stocking agri products, transportation, packing, processing, and distribution also come under the same sector. To summarize, right from investment for agri production till marketing the products all the stages put together is called agri business. There is indeed a correlation between production of the crop, processing, marketing and transportation. However in developing countries like India agri business can be divided into to four major semi-sectors like investment, production, processing and marketing plus transportation. The success of these sectors is more or less interrelated. Utilizing advanced technology to enhance agriculture production and adding management values for better revenues is what successful agri business is all about.
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Importance of Agri-Business Management

Agriculture is fast changing into a business opportunity and with these trends after harvesting the crop by following technical methods for processing, packaging and transportation the food is being exported to the national and international markets. However by not taking appropriate measures in our country almost every year 20 to 30% of the crop is being wasted due to reasons like floods, famine, pests and insects and also because of not using proper methods at the time of reaping the crops. In the same way vegetables and fruits are also 30% being wasted due to lack of processing and storage facilities. However with changes in business policies and international business organizations entering into the food processing market of India there is an overall boost to the agriculture sector in the country. By using advanced technology many people in our country are investing in poultry, aqua, processing of fruits and vegetables etc which is turning out into a profitable sector. By providing investments to the agriculture sector, production, transportation, processing etc and bringing them all under one roof is the main aim of agribusiness management.

Moreover agribusiness management is very important to developing countries like India to capitalize on the benefits of globalization and face new challenges to enhance their economy growth. Government, private and other organizations are looking forward for qualified agribusiness managers and the central agricultural universities have taken up the responsibility of providing qualified human resources for this sector. These are training agriculture students with the required business management skills. With growing demand for agribusiness many agriculture universities are offering post graduate courses in agribusiness management.

Qualifications Required for Agri-Business Management Course

Anyone who has done their degree in agriculture or related fields like dairy, food, agriculture engineering, forestry can join in the agribusiness management courses. Those coming from recognized universities are given priority compared to others.

Job opportunities in Agri-Business Management

agribusiness management job opportunitiesAll organizations offering agribusiness management course are providing good job opportunities. Those who have done these courses can join in the warehousing, retail, seeds companies, fertilizers and pesticides companies, banks and insurance sectors. Those who have good potential can find excellent growth in these industries. They can join management experts in the agriculture related industries, policy makers in financial industries, teaching as well as in research fields. They can also look for a career in agriculture consultancy, journalism, agri banking, hi-tech farming and agriculture engineering sectors. Though the course has been the same the job responsibilities changes based on the sector each chooses.

Income in Agri-Business Management Sector

Due to global opportunities agribusiness management students are starting their career with best salaries in the industry. The salaries are based on the candidate’s qualifications, university, experience and expertise. There is no doubt that agribusiness sector is going to offer attractive salary packages and job opportunities to candidates in the coming years ahead.

Institutions offering courses in Agribusiness Management are

IIM Ahmedabad
IIM Lucknow
Amity Business School - MBA - Agriculture & Food Business
Aligarh Muslim University - Master of Agricultural Economics and Business Management (MAEBM)
L.N. Welingker, Mumbai - 6 months part time Diploma in Agribusiness Management
FMS, Varanasi , BHU - Master's programme in Agri-Business Administration
National Institute of Agricultural Marketing , Kota Road, Bambala, Near Sanganer, Jaipur - 302033, conducts an MBA-level programme, PGP in Agri-Business management.
The Institute of Agri Business Management (IABM)
Indian Institute of Management, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad 380 015 conducts a full-time two year residential programme in agri-business management.


G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar – 263145
Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad-500 030
The Symbiosis group of Business Schools offers MBA in agri-business.
National Institute of Rural Development, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad - 500 030
The Institute of Agribusiness Management
Kerala Agricultural University
Centre for Food and Agribusiness Management (CFAM)

Agricultural Universities offer course in Agribusiness Management in India.

Allahabad Agricultural University - Postgraduate Diploma in Agribusiness
Dr Y S Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry - MBA (Agribusiness)
Forest Research Institute (Dehra Dun) - M.Sc Forestry (Economics and Management)
G B Pant University of Agriculture and Technology
Indian Institute of Forest Management (Bhopal) - P G Diploma in Forest Management
Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwavidyalaya - Master of Agricultural Business Management (MABM)
Kerala Agricultural University - B.Sc & M.Sc (Cooperative and Banking)
Mahatma Gandhi Chitrakoot Gramodaya Vishwavidyalaya - MBA (Agribusiness)
Mysore University - Master of Food and Agricultural Marketing Management (MFAMM)
National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), Hyderabad
Punjab Agricultural University (College of Agribusiness Management) - MBA (Agribusiness Management)
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University - Master of Business Management (MBM), M.Sc (Agricultural Marketing Management)
University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore - B.Sc (Agricultural Marketing & Cooperation), M.Sc (Agricultural Marketing)
University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwar - B.Sc (Agricultural Marketing & Cooperation)

For a full list of colleges and institutions offering certificates in Agri-Business Management you can visit: http://www.mbaindiacareer.com/MBA-Courses/Agribusiness-Management.htm

Article is prepared by Sunitha and Published by Employment News Today

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