A major mass of India’s population is still dependent on and practicing agriculture as their primary source of income. And this sector contributes around 15 per cent to the national GDP of the country. With the advancement of time and technology, there has been a trend of introducing new methodologies by tech entrepreneurs in the sector. Farmers are provided with modern technologies for better results for their income.
Farming in India for a prolonged period of time has been based manually. Thus with the innovations in the agriculture sector, things have taken a different direction. The use of artificial intelligence and modern cutting-edge technologies have brought in a sustainable income source for farmers. Keeping this ideology in its place there has been a rise in entrepreneurship in the agricultural industry. Agriculture Post is discussing these new-age tech entrepreneurs who are promoting India’s agriculture with their latest and unique tech-enabled services, giving a new shape to Indian agriculture.
Amith Agarwal- AgriBazaar
Founded in 2016, the idea behind AgriBazaar is to deliver tech-enabled future-ready solutions to the farming community in a frictionless manner and revolutionise the way post-harvest management services are processed across the country. It is this vision that empowered AgriBazaar to facilitate INR 9000 crore (GMV) worth of transactions since its inception, making it one of India’s largest online agri-trading marketplaces.
Shardul Sheth and Sitanshu Sheth- AgroStar
Founded in 2013, AgroStar offers an online marketplace for farmers to buy agricultural inputs. This agritech startup also helps farmers by providing real-time advice from experts on how to manage their crops and boost their yield. AgroStar has raised $42 million.
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Shashank Kumar and Amrendra Singh – DeHaat
Founded in 2012, DeHaat offers agricultural services like access to agricultural inputs like seeds and fertilisers at affordable prices, personalised assistance, soil testing, weather reports, micro-finance, and insurance. DeHaat has raised $19.3 million to help Indian farmers.
Krishna Kumar and Kunal Prasad – CropIn Technology
Founded in 2010, CropIn provides a one-stop SaaS-based solutions platform enabling agribusinesses to increase efficiency, productivity and sustainability. Its platform offers real-time weather updates, the ability to manage farm activities, and predicts crop yields to minimise risk and yield better produce.
Amit Sinha and Ashok Prasad – Unnati
Unnati, conceptualised and co-founded by Amit Sinha and Ashok Prasad, is a fintech-based agri platform which aims to minimise the risks in farming and ensure much-needed transparency in the farming business. Unnati’s founders recognised the difficulties farmers experience as a result of farming’s lack of predictability and regular access to production inputs and information. Their objective to connect farmers to a single digital platform that supports farm entrepreneurship has been their driving force, resulting in the development of a complete ecosystem for farm entrepreneurs. From Unnati financial services to crop-specific consultancy, the brand works with farmers at every stage of the farming life cycle to ensure a sustainable future.
Taranjeet Singh Bhamra – AgNext
Established in 2016, AgNext has been successful in becoming one of India’s leading agritech startups. By using deep-tech solutions in the agriculture sector to solve persisting legacy issues, AgNext aims to facilitate trust and transparency in food value chains. With the most effective use of technology, Taranjeet sees a world where farmers and agribusinesses can conduct business more effectively. Working in Deep technology, AgNext under Taranjeet’s leadership has pioneered computer vision, spectral and IoT (internet of things) based AI (artificial intelligence) technologies, which today are employed at multiple transaction points enabling transparent and profitable trade in agriculture and food value chains.
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