Startup BharatAgri raises $6.5 M in Series A funding

BharatAgri plans to aggressively scale up in the Rabi 2021 season and launch its Series B round in January 2022

Digital farm advisory startup BharatAgri has raised $6.5 million in a Series A round led by Omnivore, with participation from existing investors India Quotient and 021 Capital. BharatAgri offers farmers an app-based platform for AI-based agronomy services on a paid subscription basis, which increases farm incomes through the systematic implementation of scientific farming techniques.

Over the past 12 months, BharatAgri has experienced 20x growth in paid subscription sales with a 65 per cent renewal rate. BharatAgri currently has over 33,000 active paid users and aims to expand its subscription base to 150,000 by March 2022. The farmer population on the platform is evenly split between those growing horticulture crops and those growing commodity crops. On average, farmers pay approximately $8.00 (Rs 600) per acre for a six-month subscription.

Based in Bengaluru, BharatAgri was founded in 2017 by Sai Gole and Siddharth Dialani, both alumni of IIT Madras. The startup intends to use this Series A funding to expand its subscriber base beyond Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, accelerate the growth of its inputs marketplace, and refine the existing technology offering. BharatAgri plans to aggressively scale up in the Rabi 2021 season and launch its Series B round in January 2022.  

Siddharth Dialani, Co-Founder and CEO, BharatAgri, said, “In the next few months, we will be expanding our platform to provide other agricultural services, starting with direct-to-farmer agri input supply.”

Mark Kahn, Managing Partner, Omnivore, commented, "BharatAgri is the only agritech startup in India to successfully monetize a purely digital product for farmers. Making agronomy services widely accessible at an affordable price can help make the dream of doubling farmer incomes a reality."

Madhukar Sinha, General Partner, India Quotient, added, “BharatAgri is building a trust-based platform where farmers are engaging meaningfully with their services. We have observed in rural areas and specifically in agriculture that farmers like to fulfil all their needs from a single place, which is currently an inputs retailer. BharatAgri has the potential to replicate the same on a digital platform and tens of thousands of farmers have already adopted it.”

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