There are about 450 active agri-startups in India. They have received a venture capital funding of $545 million since 2014. This boom in the agri-startups space is creating a much needed ecosystem to bring digitisation and automation to millions of small and marginal farmers, who are suffering because of the inefficiencies of the old and bureaucratic system.
These startups or we can say the Agri Heroes, can be broadly classified in the following categories:
- Connecting farmers with buyers: Ninjacart, Jumbotail, Bigbasket, ShopKirana, SuperZop, WayCool, MeraKisan, Kamatan, DeHaat, KrishiHub, Agrowave, Loop, Crofarm, FreshoKartz, Agribolo, Himkara and Kisan Network.
- Quality assaying of agricultural commodities: Intellolabs, Agricxlab, Zense, Raav Tech, Occipital, Amvicube, AgNext and Nanopix.
- Addressing post harvest challenges: Our Foods, Agri Bazaar, Star Agri, Arya Collateral, Ecozen and Origo.
- Agricultural inputs and extension services: Agrostar, BigHaat, Behtar Zindagi, Unnati, Gramophone and Freshokartz, AgriBolo, DeHaat, Bharat Rohan and Bharat Agri.
- Mechanisation solutions for harvesting and sowing: Sickle innovations, Distinct Horizon, Tractor Junction, Khetibadi and J Farm.
- Data-driven irrigation models: Satyukt Analytics, Flybird, Kritsnam, Agrirain and Manna Irrigation.
- Crop monitoring solutions including credit and insurance: CropIn, SatSure, Farmguide, Niruthi, AgRisk, Skymet. Startups like Samunnati, FarMart, Jai-Kisan, PayAgri and Bijak.