Agri Start-ups can provide missing links in agri value chain & deliver innovative products to farmers, consumers: Agriculture Minister, Govt of Karnataka

Mr BC Patil, Agriculture Minister, Govt of Karnataka today said that agri start-ups can provide missing links in the agricultural value chain and deliver efficient, innovative products, technologies and services to farmers and consumers.

Addressing the virtual session of FICCI Summit & Awards for Agri Start-upsMr Patil said that the food and agriculture practices and enterprises in India is poised for transformational changes in line with the new government policies. “Agriculture has been rapidly evolving into agri business in terms of approach and structure,” he added.

Mr Patil stated that since 2014, start-ups have been coming in a big way in India and by 2018 we had more than 50,000 start-ups. “In 2019 alone 9,300 start-ups emerged, however only 500 agri start-ups could take off so far,” he emphasized.

Mr Patil said that considering Bangalore as a hub of start-ups and to develop congenial eco-system for agri start-ups in Karnataka, the ministry constituted a committee to formulate a policy framework on agri start-ups and operational guidelines. “The Committee has submitted the policy documents to the government, and we are in the process of releasing it shortly,” he noted.

He further congratulated FICCI for its continued support in developing the desired agri ecosystem in promoting agri start-ups in India, and especially in Karnataka. “The selection process for the awards was on competitive mode and with an evaluation process through three-tier assessment by a jury comprising of experts in the sector,” Mr Patil said.

Mr TR Kesavan, Chairman, FICCI National Agriculture Committee & Group President, TAFE Ltd said that every agri start-up has its own strength and there is a need to create a dedicated cell for agri start-ups. “Karnataka is known as the start-up capital and the state is focusing to invite global companies to invest in India and boost the start-up ecosystem in India,” he added.

Mr Hemendra Mathur, Chairman, FICCI Task Force on Agri Start-ups said that Bangalore is the tech capital of the country and we must think towards building a centre for excellence in the agriculture sector with the kind of talent and resources that we have in Karnataka.

Mr Pravesh Sharma, Advisor, FICCI; Chairman, FICCI Task Force on FPOs and Co-founder and CEO, Kamatan Farm Tech Pvt Ltd emphasized on having state level agri start-up policy for different states and this should be supported by a dedicated organization to promote agri start-ups. 

Mr Dilip Chenoy, Secretary General, FICCI said that the FICCI Award for agriculture start-up showcases the innovative interventions of the agri sector. The award recognizes the best of the best, but each applicant is a winner. “The agriculture ecosystem is witnessing a wave of entrepreneurship with disruptive and futuristic ideas. FICCI is committed to the development of agri tech sector for the last three years,” he added.

Representative from KisanKraft Ltd and PwC who was also the Knowledge partner of this initiative congratulated FICCI and the winners. The Award ceremony ended with the note that Agri Start-ups are the future of Indian Agriculture and their innovations can go a long way in improving farm economic too.

The 3rd edition of FICCI Awards for Agri Start-ups was also announced during the event.

 Most Innovative Agri Startup AwardWinnerAgNext Technologies Pvt Ltd
First Runner upSourceTrace
Second Runner upEF Polymer Pvt Ltd
Award for Best Agri Startup for embracing farm prosperityWinnerBharatRohan Airborne Innovations Pvt Ltd
First Runner upAgrirain Agro Industries Pvt Ltd
Second Runner upFlybird Farm Innovations Pvt Ltd
Agri Startup creating social impactWinnerSAI Sustainable Agro & Rural Development Products Pvt Ltd
First Runner upBigHaat Agro Pvt Ltd
Award for bestAgri-startup – FPO PartnershipWinnerDvara E-Registry
First Runner upSafal Fasal
 Award for top Agri innovator in Covid timesWinnerWayCool Foods & Products Pvt. Ltd.
First Runner upFreshokartz Agri Products Pvt. Ltd.
Second Runner upAgri Vijay
Award for best Agri Startup – Industry PartnershipWinnerBioprime Agrisolutions Pvt. Ltd.
 Award for Best Agri Startup in application of Digital technologies (Early stage)WinnerWhrrl
First Runner upPoultryMon
Second Runner upTraceX Technologies
 Award for Best Agri Startup in application of Digital technologies (Mature stage)WinnerRMSI Cropalytics Pvt. Ltd.
First Runner upAquaconnect
Second Runner upCropIn Technology Pvt. Ltd.
 Business Excellence Award for Agri Start upsWinnerOur Foods Pvt Ltd.
First Runner upPlantix
Second Runner upVertical Farming Technologies Pvt Ltd (CityGreens)
Emerging Agri InnovatorWinnerFarm2Fork Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
First Runner upInfyU Labs Pvt. Ltd.
Second Runner upKrishitantra

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