Monday, 27 April 2015

Career Opportunity in Agri Business

Agri-business explores production, marketing and trading of products related to agriculture. The programme offered in Agri Business and Agriculture Sciences by Chandigarh University also covers improved growing techniques, agricultural machinery, fertilizer, pesticides pre- and post- harvest handling, storage, transportation, packaging and labeling. Critical management issues as financing and technical assistance, preparation of products for exports, overseas marketing issues and government policy are also an integral part of the programme. Some of the optional courses offered in an Agri-Business Management Programme are Agricultural Finance/Banking, Agro Processing, International Agriculture and Trade Policy, Logistics and Infrastructure Management in Agriculture, Marketing of Agricultural Inputs, and Management of Technology for Sustainable Agriculture, Rural Advertising etc.

Agri Business Programs in Chandigarh University

Chandigarh University has become the 1st University in Tricity (Chandigarh) to introduce University Institute of Agricultural Sciences at its campus offering UG/PG courses in the field of Agriculture and Agri-Business.

 Career Options

> Marketing manager – Agribusiness
> Research Analayst – Agricultural commodities
> Meat marketing manager
> Flour mill manager
> Agricultural loan officer
> Grain merchandiser

Career Prospects

A non-corporate sector like agriculture now is in urgent need of young & dynamic managers and entrepreneurs for improving its performance. If you have a passion for this sector and are armed with an MBA in Agribusiness Management, then the time is right for you to make it big in this industry. The agriculture scene in India is rapidly evolving and fresh agricultural graduates who have been trained in various management strategies are in great demand. There a lot of agro-based companies which have come up in the last decade which have shifted their focus from a traditional production-oriented approach to a market-oriented one. Such companies also need qualified graduates for efficient management. There has been substantial value-addition in agri-products, standardisation of the value chain, a growing interest of the private sector in the primary sector, integration of agriculture with the input supply industry as well as with processing, distribution and marketing. In fact this area is booming and offering good opportunities for the management professionals who don’t shy away from dealing with farmers or visiting rural areas.In fact there are many more agribusiness careers than there are qualified people to fill them. All this provides ample opportunities for experts in the field. There is also an increasing demand for export and processing of agricultural products. If you have entrepreneurial inclinations, this sector provides you with ample opportunities to start with your own venture.

Bright Future Awaits Agriculture Science Professionals 

17 Mega Food Parks with investment of Rs. 2100 crores will be coming up in next 4 years due to which there will be exponential jump in number of jobs offered in Agri-Business and Food Processing industry in India.

Food Processing & Agri-Business Industry in India

The students with Agriculture and Agri- business degree are easily absorbed by Government and the private sector organizations. Not only this, the demand for Agri – business degree is also very high in international markets as well. The milk and dairy industry that hires agri business professional are Cadbury, H.J.Heinz, Milk food , Mother Dairy, Nestle, Smith kline Beecham, Amul, Wockhardt etc.  Major organizations in meat, poultry and fisheries are Godrej Agrovet, hind Industries, MAFCO, Bell foods, Alkbeer exports, CDF, Venky’s etc.  Major recruiters from frozen food and vegetables industry are Dabur, HLL, MTR, priya foods, Godrej F&B, capital foods etc and in case of bakery products we have Britannia, ITC, Parle, Modern Foods, Shakti Bog, Surya Foods, Kellogg’s, and others.

Mohan Meakin, Sab Miller, United Breweries, Coca cola, Dabur, Godrej, Parle, Tata Tea, Goodricks, Assam Co, Apeejay tea are the major organizations from beverages industry that provide placements to agri business professionals. Then in the list we have Gits, Haldirams, rajbhog foods, rainbow foods, Tasty bite for ready to eat
industry. Organic food industry too is booming and some of them that are looking for agri business professionals are Adi Naturals, APOF, Era Organic, Green World, REI agro, fabIndia etc. Apart from this many big retail chains such as Big Bazar, food bazaar, reliance fresh,aadhar etc are also hiring the Agri business management graduates.

Further more , then Agribusiness management students can opt for Government sector jobs as well. To name few, these students can also look for jobs in NABARD, FCI, FACT, NAFED, JAKFED  and other departments under ministry of agriculture.Entrepreneurship is another field that offers great scope for MBA (Agri business).


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