Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]Jan 27 (ANI / BusinessWire India): Quanto Agro, a Mumbai-based AgriTech company, is helping local farmers in India by helping them transition to profitable commercial lemongrass farming, aside from accelerating the production of super -Plants like corn. Rice and wheat.
As the third decade of the 21st century begins, India remains a predominantly agrarian nation, both culturally and economically. The agricultural sector contributes nearly 16 percent of the country’s GDP, while over 70 percent of its population is directly or indirectly linked to agriculture. In general, India’s main commercial crops include rice, wheat, sugar cane and so on.
However, the traditional methods of growing these crops, especially since the Green Revolution, have been largely fertilizer-intensive and unsustainable. As a result, there has been a serious impact on the land, livelihoods and lives of farmers across India.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the global scenario around agriculture has shifted twice in line with wider social changes. On the one hand, the focus on sustainable methods and general climate awareness has increased; on the other hand, there is a growing market for organic products such as immunity-boosting tea, natural mosquito repellants and oil extracts.
As a potent raw material for each of these product classes, lemongrass farmers around the world are experiencing a growing global market for their harvest and the consumables obtained from it. So much so that farmers who switch to growing lemongrass have three to four times their annual income.
Quanto Agro was incubated as part of the aroma mission and brought into line with the principle of “grow locally, think globally”. The initial investment went to INR 7 million to develop the country’s growing agri-tech sector. Within two years of its founding, the startup made connections with over 1,500 farmers and managed over 450 acres of land.
Striving to be a holistic company in its field, Quanto Agro offers a 360 degree increase in its beneficiaries – from soil testing to a native e-commerce platform – QuantoAgro.com. Through infrastructure training, the startup touches almost everything on every aspect of the farmer’s life, besides improving his income and standard of living. E-commerce portals are an important tool for connecting rural agricultural products with urban consumers.
“Across the world, lemongrass farming has helped hundreds of farmers achieve stable incomes and a better standard of living. With this understanding, we want to enable Indian farmers to train and provide them with resources such as seeds, infrastructure and technology achieve higher productivity in their country, “said Surendra Agarwal – Quanto Agro co-founder and serial entrepreneur.
“In addition to supporting the Atmanirbhar Bharat, Make in India and Aroma Mission initiatives of the Indian government, we are intensifying the country’s holistic efforts to achieve productive and sustainable agriculture. After lemongrass, we plan to invest in the cultivation of Super Crops in order to mitigate India Malnutrition crisis, “he added.
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