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SpaceAgro

Grow Connect Sell

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SpaceAgro is a platform to help farmers in rural areas to sell their crops with ease directly to customers/grocery shops. Most of the time, the middlemen commonly called "mandi" make money leaving the farmer with a huge loss of money. This is just an Idea me and my team came up with during a B-Plan.

“Farming looks mighty easy when your plough is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles away from the field”

Background

Agriculture is the primary source of livelihood for about 58% of India’s population. Gross Value Added (GVA) by agriculture, forestry and fishing was estimated at Rs. 19.48 lakh crore (US$ 276.37 billion). 

 

The Indian food industry is poised for huge growth, increasing its contribution to the world food trade every year due to its immense potential for value addition, particularly within the food processing industry. Indian food and grocery market is the world’s sixth largest, with retail contributing 70% of the sales. The Indian food processing industry accounts for 32% of the country’s total food market, one of the largest industries in India and is ranked fifth in terms of production, consumption, export and expected growth.

 

During 2019-20* crop year, food grain production was estimated to reach a record 295.67 million tonnes (MT). In 2020-21, Government of India is targeting food grain production of 298 MT.

 

The average productivity of many crops in India is quite low. The country’s population in the next decade is expected to become the largest in the world and providing food for them will be a very prime issue. Farmers are still not able to earn respectable earnings.

Problems Faced

Even after several decades of planning since independence, majority of the farmers are still facing problems of poor production and/or poor returns. Major constraints in Indian agriculture are:

  • Farmers aren’t aware of the profitability (i.e. which crop they can grow at a particular season, whether they can grow an alternative crop to increase profitability).

  • Herd mentality of farmers.

  • Not sure where to sell his produce.

  • Middlemen exploiting their income

  • Poor infrastructure for farming making more dependence on weather, marketing and supply chain suitable for high value crops.

Problem Statement

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Source: The logical Indian 

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Source: Indian Express

Insights

Future of agriculture is a very important question for the planners and all other stakeholders. Government and other organisations are trying to address the key challenges of agriculture in India, including small holdings of farmers, primary and secondary processing, supply chain, infrastructure supporting the efficient use of resources and marketing, and reducing intermediaries in the market. There is a need for work on cost-effective technologies with environmental protection and on conserving our natural resources.

Solution

A short video of the solution

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Pictorial Representation of the Idea.

  1. The weather conditions are unpredictable and might lead to crop damage.

  2. A confused farmer not knowing what to do.

  3. The farmer visits Kiosks/help desks and seeks help from SpaceAgro who gives suggestions to farmers on what crops to grow with good quality seeds.

  4. With the help of  IOT devices and AI.

  5. A  message would also be sent on the farmers phone with live updates.

  6. Helps to nullify uncertainty.

  7. A happy farmer with a smile on his/her face.

Detailed Technical Working 
How will this idea help a farmer?
Before
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​For example, farmers sell their crop to middlemen for ₹1/kg to middlemen. Middlemen sell it to the vendors at ₹20/kg. Customers buy it at ₹25/kg

After SpaceAgro
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For example,  farmers sell their crop directly to vendors at ₹12/kg. This increases the profit for the farmer exponentially. Customers buy it at ₹25/kg. This increases the profits of the vendors too.

Target Customers

This idea is a B2B and a B2C model. In a B2C model the farmer directly sells his produce to the customers location and in a B2B model the farmers would directly strike a deal with supermarkets and deliver bulk orders. Here are a few potential B2B clients:

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Plan of Action
Let's work together.
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