Rallis India, a crop protection company from the Tata Group, in partnership with the Directorate of Agriculture, Odisha, inaugurated the first Tata Rallis Agri Input Training Scheme (Traits) in the State.

The training programme intends to improve the employability of non-graduate rural youths with the farming background. This is done by imparting them training in agriculture marketing and crop advising to enable them to take up a career in these specialisations.

The company has already selected 25 youth to be trained under this scheme.

V. Shankar, Managing Director, said the company decided to bring this initiative to Odisha, after conducting three successful pilot programmes in Baramati in Maharashtra, Birbhum in West Bengal and Dharwad in Karnataka.

In this ‘earn-while-you-learn’ training program, the rural youths are provided with an industry and Government recognised certificate with employment support for a minimum of two years after successful completion of training. Minimum SSC pass and non-graduate rural youths with farming background are selected for this programme and trained ‘in-house as well as on the job’ in collaboration with Government-run Krishi Vigyan Kendras with the help of existing front lines sales force.

After successful completion of one year training, these youths are given employment support for minimum two years in Rallis.

Suresh.iyengar@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on November 25, 2012)
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