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Make in Kokan movement flagged off at Global Kokan Festival’s 6th essay
Tuesday, 09 January, 2018, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
Kokan Bhumi Pratishthan flagged off the Make in Kokan movement at the sixth edition of the Global Kokan Festival at CIDCO Exhibition and Convention Centre, Vashi, Navi Mumbai recently. About one lakh followers of the Revdanda-based Dr Shri Nanasaheb Dharmadhikari Pratishthan came together for the organisation’s felicitation and bestowing of the Navudyojak Nirman Gaurav award upon it for creating lakhs of job opportunities for the youth in the region and adding to its economy.

The event was co-organised by Make in India and the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) and managed by Exhicon.

It brought together farmers, businessmen, experts, banks, etc. to put up a unified effort in making Kokan a more prosperous region of the country. The major highlight of the Make in Kokan seminar was Start-up Kokan, a start-up fest for entrepreneurs in Kokan region.

The four-day event, which will conclude on January 10, also awarded the seven best start-ups from the Kokan region, which have been selected to work closely with the commerce ministry after a tedious scanning process. They will be provided seed funding to increase their business.

Speaking at the event, Uddhav Thackeray, the Shiv Sena chief, shared, “People like Nanasaheb Dharmadhikari are torchbearers of creating a better tomorrow.”

“Likewise, I congratulate the Kokan Bhumi Pratisthan and the Global Kokan Festival for creating a similar platform for the Kokan region as a whole. My wholehearted support to the cause of Make in Kokan, and I truly want to see the Kokan region on a global level. We all should collectively work towards the cause,” he added.

The event was inaugurated by Suresh Prabhu, minister for commerce and industry, government of India, who was the guest of honour. Among the dignitaries who attended the inauguration were Anant Geete, minister for heavy industries, government of India; Jaykumar Rawal, minister for tourism, government of Maharashtra, and Bhai Jagtap, member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA).

Prabhu shared, “The revolution of entrepreneurship and business started by Sachindada Dharmadhikari will help today’s generation to be successful and lay a solid foundation for future generations to come.”

Sanjay Yadavrao, chief organiser of the event, said, “It is a proud day for us all, that we are able bring the ideas like Make in Kokan to the masses. Also we could bring to the people the various schemes presented by the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) and the Agriculture and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), which are beneficial to generating new export markets for the businesses in the region.”

At the event, Dharmadhikari of Dr Shri Nanasaheb Dharmadhikari Pratishthan was presented with the Nav Udyojak Nirmaan Gaurav Award by Thackeray for the organisation’s contribution to creating new entrepreneurs in the region.

He added, “This award, presented today, is not mine, but this is an award for our foundation and for you all. We all must strive hard towards changing the society, and this award will motivate all us to work harder for the betterment of the society. I thank the Global Kokan Festival for supporting Make in Kokan and giving start-ups opportunities to showcase their ideas.”

The second half of the event witnessed the seminar which threw light on the different avenues of the Kokan region, funding for start-ups and micro-enterprises and fisheries, which is the biggest industry.

The topics discussed included business opportunities in Kokan and development, opportunities in agricultural development, Ayush, and more. Experts also discussed the finer points of topics like community farming, modern technology for agriculture, rice farming and many more.

Hanmant Gaikwad of BVG Group shared his experiences of starting a farming revolution benefiting the farmers.
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