New Delhi-based Sohan Lal Commodity Management, India’s leading post-harvest management group (SLCM Group) today announced its business expansion plan for the current fiscal year. The company, currently with four offices in Delhi, Bihar, and West Bengal, aims to strengthen its presence pan-India with 36 new offices across 16 states. These offices ‘Krishi Vikas Kendras’ will serve as a connecting thread between the digital application of SLCM and its already present physical network of 9,244 warehouses across India (as on April 30, 2022).
The new offices will enable SLCM Group’s growth initiative in the agriculture value chain. Functioning as localised nodes, these offices will enable the organisation to strengthen its on-ground support and presence. Farmers, traders, and government bodies will consider the offices as a one-stop solution to avail the entire gamut of services including warehousing, procurement and agricultural financing and other post-harvest management services.
Recently, SLCM Group received the ‘Patent Certificate’ for its application titled ‘Methods For Real Time Data Management’ from the Patent Office, Government of India, which was filed on December 16, 2013. As a result, SLCM Group became the company in India to have a registered technology patent in the Agri Logistics (Warehousing) segment spanning across 75 years post-independence.
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Capitalising on the testament of the patent, Sandeep Sabharwal, Group CEO, SLCM said, “SLCM Group is looking forward to scale its ‘Digital Initiative’ vertical. The company is currently developing a mobile application that will offer all of its services on a single platform. With the help of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and Agri Reach – SLCM’s proprietary technology solution – farmers and traders of the country will be connected to the entire post-harvest agri value chain via a single mobile application.”
Announcing the footprint expansion, Sabharwal further added, “We are currently working on various other technologies that have the capability to enable the efficient integration of physical infrastructure with digitised enterprises, thereby strengthening the foundation of ‘Phygital’ agriculture supply chain.”