The Agri-Business Incubator (ABI) of ICRISAT was established in 2003 by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) with the support of the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India.
Over the years, the incubator has supported 105 agri-tech start-ups across the country and has also played a key role in developing an agri-sector focused business incubation ecosystem in India and Africa.
The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the tables on all the prognostications that were made
for the five years and the bigger picture. Every sector has witnessed its impact which
even includes agriculture.
India is mainly an agrarian country and more than 50% of its
populace is employed by agriculture and they are the cusp of adopting digital tools for
their commerce. Whether you are associated with an agro-business or helm a seed company,
a digital strategy is the need of the hour for your corporation to thrive.
When we look back at the 19th and 20th century, agriculture saw the paradigm shifts
through mechanical, chemical and biological revolutions. In the 21st century, we have
realized the potential of information, access. This has paved a path for data revolution
which is all set to disrupt agriculture and optimize it.
Through the data revolution, agriculture has seen a plethora of innovations that were
introduced by processing messy data into actionable information. Further,
agro-informatics has played a pivotal role in bringing about that change through the
"The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep
looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it."
- Steve Jobs
Interns are the backbone of every company. With their passion, drive and willingness to
walk extra miles, they become catalysts for every project that they take up. At
Kisangates, it was our pleasure to work with a few of the brightest minds. Despite being
an internship, a stint that passes by like a breeze for many, they followed the mantra
of Steve Jobs and strived to deliver impeccable results. Their heartwork,
professionalism and sincerity undoubtedly moved the Kisangates team.
As per GramworkX, India comes second in terms of worldwide farm produce. More than 48%
population of the country relies on agriculture. Yet, the agro value chain needs a
shake-up through digital revitalization.
For any major transformation that is needed for the agro value chain, the Agri input
supply chain needs to be streamlined. That starts with trained field operators who
connect agro-dealers, farmers with the offerings of various companies. By far and large,
companies spend a minimum of 20-25% of their revenues in training, managing the field
operators because the agricultural extension is broken and there are many other