As Belagavi progresses ahead in all areas of entrepreneurship, here is another feather in the crown for the district, MR. H STANLEY TIMOTHY founder and director of DARREN AGRO under Reva-yah group has made the district proud by being conferred the award of excellence as “BEST ENTREPRENEUR 0F THE YEAR” jointly by the Indian Institute of Horticulture Research (IIHR) Bangalore and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Delhi under the Ministry of Agriculture Govt of India, in the field of commercialization of FRESH CUT VEGETABLES TECHNOLOGY.
Lifestyle is changing in most of the urban cities very rapidly. With both the husband and wife working, the eating and cooking habits are undergoing change. Couples do not find time to search for fresh vegetables, sort and clean them and undertake cooking. They seek other options which are less time consuming and convenient. Thus ready to cook item are the alternative.
Mr. Stanley along with his life partner and co-director Mrs. Shilpa Stanley have pioneered to be the only firm in north Karnataka to offer this technology to its customers .With the use of this technology, patented by IIHR, REVA-YAH FARM FRESH offer residue free READY TO COOK VEGETABLES (both cut and whole) to all its customers both individuals and corporate buyers. The firm sells its produce online (www. darrenagro.com) and also to supermarkets in Belagavi, Their regular buyer also include hotels, catering services and bulk consumers all across Belagavi District. The technology of keeping the cut vegetables fresh up to 8 days has been a big hit among all its buyers. REVA-YAH FARM FRESH will soon market its products in all major supermarkets all over the states for which the necessary approvals have been already taken.
REVA-YAH FARM FRESH also helps the farming community by directly buying their fresh produce through contract farming thus helping the farmers in and around Belagavi by stopping post harvest losses and also helping the farmers to understand and implement the latest farming techniques that give our farmers better yields and a better lifestyle.
Mr. Stanley and Mrs. Shilpa say that their vision is to make Belagavi an international hub for excellent quality processed vegetable technology thus empowering at least 1000 entrepreneurs directly or indirectly in post harvest agri -business and giving employment to 100’s of youth and women who are suffering due to unemployment all across the state.
The award ceremony was held on 4th of Sept,at IIHR Campus, Bengaluru. Delagates present on the dais included Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra Directro General (ICAR) and Secretary, dept of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE), Ministry of Agriculture and farmer welfare Govt of India, DR. M. Ariz Ahhammed , IAS, Managing Director, National Horticultural Board, Ministry of Agriculture and farmer welfare Govt of India, Mr. Parshivmurthy, Additional Director, Department of Horticulture,Govt of Karnataka, Dr. M.R. Dinesh, Director , ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru.