Fostering participation of farmers and BoP communities in collective decision
making and empowerment.
The 50%-300% increase in net returns for one crop cycle, has translated into money becoming available to the Lochan Sahu to fund his next crop cycle- removing his dependence on the nasty moneylender who operates on obscene interest rates; or the ability for him to invest in “quality of life” spends...on education, food,health, travel or consumer goods. All causing a heart-rending smile to permeate across the faces of Lochan Sahu’s household and the infectious enthusiasm and confidence to spread.
A paddy and vegetable grower in Odisha, Ragunati Naik is a happy farmer of eKutir, who used eAgro soil, the soil testing & nutrient recommendation tool to determine the quality of the soil and apply, desired quantity of nutrients. Using eAgro soil tool and linkages made through eKutir, Ragunati Naik reduced his cultivation costs by 30%, increased production by 133% and sold his farm produce through eKutir micro entrepreneur network. Today, Ragunati Naik understands the value eKutir generates among the smallholder farmers.
Chabbi Sethi benefitted from the use of eAgro seed, the seed recommendation tool. Through eAgro seed, Chabbi Sethi got access to better quality seeds with high germination rate at a reduced rate. This helped Chabbi Sethi increase crop yield by 20% and increase his income by 133%. Through eAgro seed and eKutir’s micro-entrepreneur, Chabbi Sethi has a better knowledge on seeds and a constant engagement with reliable seed suppliers.
Social entrepreneur Mr Rabindra Lenka is with eKutir eAgro initiative since 1.2 years. Before he took up the initiative, he was a village trader earning at best, about Rs 24,000/- p.a. On taking up this eAgro service business, he incurred a capital expenditure/ initial investment of about Rs 36,000/- . Thru his service revenues and commissions, he achieved break-even on his operating expenditure within the first 4 months itself.
Prasant Kumar Mohanty, grew up in Bhubaneshwar, he started off with a grocery shop and wanted to integrate fruits and vegetables in his business as a one stop shopping point for his customers. Prasant approached VeggieKart and started selling the quality fruits and vegetables in his grocery shop. Well packed farm fresh fruits and vegetables attracted many customers which increased his sales and margin. Prasant is one of our successful entrepreneur and he is with VeggieKart since 1.8 years
Uthkal Pradhan is a resident of Tikabali block of Kandhamal district of Odisha. After he passed his intermediate, he was looking for a meaningful employment locally and joined eKutir as an agri-preneur in starting 2015. Since then, there has been no looking back and he has taken up activities ranging from farmer mobilisation, training, procurement, marketing to nutrition awareness initiatives. He has taken active interest in farmer level activities and has been liaising with government departments to ensure that the all the earmarked benefits reach the small landholding farmers. With a smile on his face, he says that he feels proud of the goodwill he has been able to generate amongst the local population through his activities