Agriculture

Krishi Mangal: Advancing Innovations for Agriculture Resilient to Climate Change

In its successful second edition, Krishi Mangal, a scale-up accelerator supported by Cisco India CSR and powered by Social Alpha, has empowered seven Agri-tech start-ups dedicated to tackling challenges in agriculture and allied livelihoods, enhancing climate resilience among small and marginal farmers.

These start-ups received comprehensive support from the program, focusing on scaling technologies for soil testing and rejuvenation, water and crop management, and allied services. Each start-up benefited from grant funding, piloting opportunities, go-to-market assistance, fundraising guidance, technology refinement, and mentorship from industry experts. By synergizing Social Alpha’s innovation curation approach with Cisco’s technological expertise, these ventures successfully implemented technologies to support farmers.

Launched in 2021, the accelerator has now supported a total of 12 start-ups, benefiting over 40,000 small and marginal farmers to date. This initiative has not only improved farmer incomes but also bolstered local economies by creating over 1,000 jobs.

The second edition cohort includes:

  • Animeta Agritech, which has expanded its reach across 10 clusters in Tamil Nadu, enhancing sales significantly.
  • Capsber Global Agro, scaling its impact through six clusters in Karnataka to improve crop yields and food security.
  • Dharaksha Ecosolutions, advancing biotechnology to convert crop stubble into biodegradable packaging material.
  • Mivipro Products Private Limited, deploying bio-liquid solutions to protect crops from wildlife and expanding across multiple states.
  • Niyo Farm Tech, innovating user-friendly sprayers and scaling distribution through diverse sales channels.
  • Proximal Soilsens, pioneering ‘NutriSens’ for precise soil testing, expanding operations in Maharashtra.
  • Urdhavam Environmental Technologies, introducing the patented Borecharger for borewell recharging in Maharashtra.

The event, attended by industry leaders in Bangalore, highlighted the program’s impact and future goals. Harish Krishnan, Managing Director & Chief Policy Officer at Cisco India, emphasized the program’s role in enhancing farm productivity for national growth and sustainability. He underscored Cisco’s commitment to empowering small farmers through technology and innovation, aiming to foster profitable and sustainable farming practices.

Manoj Kumar, Founder of Social Alpha, stressed the critical need for climate adaptation innovations to support smallholder farmers facing climate challenges like floods, droughts, water scarcity, and soil degradation. He highlighted the program’s proactive approach in enhancing resilience among vulnerable farming communities.

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