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Ode to my Mother:

My mother is the reason I am in existence and she is the single most reason for whatever little I have done in my life. We have been farmers for thousands of years probably. I don’t not have access to any information beyond the names going up to my great grand father. The family went…

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Bioeconomy in Focus: Prasad Bhai’s Expertise and Dedication

Recently, I had the opportunity to spend time with Prasad and Kiran Ji, along with other individuals, at GK91 Bioeconomy and VARHAD Capital in Pune. Prasad has seen the Bioceconomy field for two decades and shared many valuable insights regarding this space during the discussions. Prasad bhai has the distinction of having worked in the…

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Empowering Rural Innovation: The Inspiring Founders of TECHENCE

Great meeting and lunch with Parmeshwar and Nitin the promoters and founders of TECHENCE which is Poultry industry focused SAS Co. They are strong domain guys who built a software Company out of village near Rajgurunagar Pune. This is a bootstrapped and profitable company.The interesting bit is that the main promoter has only HSC level…

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Inspiring Farmer-Led Startup with 8 Co-Founders

Met the absolutely brilliant team of 8 cofounders of a bootstrapped and profitable startup recently.All 8 are farmers kids and have built the venture by solving problems faced by their own family members. Shrilesh Mande is the brilliant leader of this team and I regard him as the Elon Musk of rural India!! Leading a…

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Sanmitra FPC !!

Met a great team of leaders from Sanmitra FPC recently. They are into procurement, marketing and primary processing. They have done onion processing to the tune of 300MT and 25 MT of Tomatoes which involves dehydration in an interesting partnership with a startup. They work on a hub and spoke model which gives fixed and…

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The Amazing Bhimabai!!

I met one of the most amazing persons of my life today in the form of Shrimati Bhimabai Sampat Jondhale. Bhimabai is the promoter of a unique “Ajjichya Pustakancha Hotel (Grandmothers Hotel with books)” which is a unique format restaurant which has more than 8000 publications on its premises to encourage clients, especially youngsters, to…

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AgriTalk with Sunil Khairnar, Director, Indigram Labs

Indigram Labs is one of the very few incubators in the country that solely focuses on food and agriculture. With the rise of startups in these sectors, what are the major changes you are seeing? Our estimation is that there are more than 1000 startups in this space trying to address solutions across all the…

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Transforming agriculture through village-level infrastructure

With agricultural reforms under the spotlight currently, the government needs to consider a massive village-level infrastructure project with measures like enhancing the storage of produce and establishing gram mandis or haats. Not only would this add value to the agricultural supply chain, it would also empower rural units and the farmer community, ultimately leading to…

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Building Innovators

Education in agriculture needs to undergo shifts from a production mindset to a market-oriented mindset. Academics and industry linkages need to be deepened and strengthened. Academics and startups need to be in constant dialogue and collaborate to bring positive changes in the lives of Indian farmers. The FPO movement in India also needs strong support…

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