AgriBazaar to expand footprint through village fulfilment centres

AgriBazaar, the electronic marketplace for farm merchandise, is increasing its on ground presence in about

AgriBazaar, the electronic marketplace for farm merchandise, is increasing its on ground presence in about seventy five villages of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan this yr. The business will be setting up fulfilment centres in twenty five villages in every single of these a few States to acquire the agri-sector to the farmer’s doorstep.

“We will be investing around ₹9 crore in increasing village degree fulfilment centres and prepare to employ the service of 100 far more staff members this yr,” explained Amith Agarwal, CEO and Co-Founder, AgriBazaar.

The business now has established up some twenty five village fulfilment centres (VFCs) on a pilot basis throughout MP and Maharashtra, which are designed to make sure a speedy turnaround for the farmers in offering their generate, Agarwal explained.

The VFCs are equipped with quality lab, digital weighing area, world-wide-web connectivity and operated by AgriBazaar personnel. At these VFCs, farmers can quickly upload their generate details on the trading app or portal and uncover prospective buyers instantly. Dependent on the most effective rate, they make the trade directly, he explained.

Additional, the business presents back-conclusion logistics guidance to supply the sold generate to prospective buyers and make sure timely payment to the farmers via the AgriBazaar app, Agarwal explained when stating that the pilot VFCs have acquired very good preliminary reaction from the farmer community. The business is also looking at opening VFCs in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Bihar, primarily for maize.

Financials

For the financial yr-ended March 2021, AgriBazaar witnessed a two hundred for every cent yr-on-yr growth on its trading system. The Gross Products Benefit (GMV) of the agri-commodities this kind of as pulses, fruits and veggies traded on its system stood at ₹20,000 crore, Agarwal explained. Nonetheless, the revenues acquired by the business via transaction payment have been not disclosed.

For the recent financial yr, AgriBazaar is focusing on an improve of fifty-60 for every cent in the GMV at above ₹30,000 crore, Agarwal explained. “We are a debt-free of charge business and the investments will be funded via internal accruals,” he explained.

Considering the fact that its inception, the AgriBazaar app/system has connected around 10,000 traders and processors and above 100 Farmer Producer Organisations (FPO) with its network of above a few lakh farmers throughout sixteen States and union territories.