Agri-tech startups providing tech-driven solutions for farm holders

There has been a surge in the number of agri tech startups which are not only making technology more accessible but also helping farmers to improve their lives

New Delhi: India, with millions farmers accounts for more than half of its population, depends on agriculture as its primary source of income. Earlier the use of technology was limited in the agricultural sector but today it contributes a huge % to its GDP. In the last couple of years, we have witnessed a surge in the number of agri tech startups which are not only making technology more accessible but also helping farmers to improve their lives.
A groundswell of startups ate providing technologies to emerging smallholders in order to increase their efficiencies and hopefully move many from subsistence farming to farming for profits. Basically the technology used by agri-tech startups is through apps and loosely fit into categories like fintech, data analytics and storage technology. Today, we will take a look at top four agritech startups which are providing tech driven solution for farm holders:
Aqgromalin is one of the fastest-growing farm diversification companies that aims to supplement the income of small landholding farmers through ready to implement micro-farms. It makes access easier for various agricultural implements and technology. Incepted in 2019, the company is based in Tamil Nadu and has strong operations in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Backed by technology, the full-stack company offers innovative growth ideas to farmers in the areas of – Agriculture, Aquaculture, Animal Husbandry, and Insect farming. It provides supplement incomes for existing farmers especially small tract holders by offering them a variety of growing options. It’s buyback policy ensures farmers that they get a fair price for their produce hence improving their trust in the system. Access to information, Machinery, Credit, and Materials are made at a single point which makes lives better and profitable for farmers.
DeHaat’s app lets farmers know what their crops need by calling them in their local language. It also provides them with flexibility to order farming inputs through the app and also sell their output directly to the company, removing middlemen. It uses data science, agri-science and machine learning engines to enable corporate customers to keep track of transactions, view commodity procurement pipelines and make online orders.
Fasal is a bengaluru based agri-tech platform founded in 2018.  It is an AI powered platform for agricultural ecosystem. It records a variety of growing conditions on the farm and then uses artificial intelligence and data science to make on-farm predictions, before delivering the insights anywhere on any device including Android, iOS, tablets and web.
Ecozen Solution:
This agritech startup was founded in 2010. The startup develops technology-enabled products to strengthen the farm-to-fork value chain of perishables, with a focus on renewable energy and sustainable development. Based in Pune, Ecozen has developed two products so far – Ecofrost a portable cold room that maintains low temperature, and Ecotron, a pump controller for irrigation. Both are solar powered.