FarmConnect

Connecting the backbone of India

A web based platform to access retailer's prices and on-demand transportation with pooling service to facilitate process for farmers

Use Case

Manu, a local farmer in Guwahati deals with nearby retailers on their conditions. He is unable to sell his produce to others because of unawareness of the prices and demands of his crops and no way to transport his crops. But now, he has registered on the FarmConnect (for free) to go through different retailers and prices of his crops, analyze the demand in the market, as well as book a freight to transport his produce, which he never did earlier. He uses pooling services to share the burden of the transportation cost, which has increased his net income and farm to food turnover. Farmers like Manu share a freight weekly to dispose agricultural waste responsibly and earn money for it. Increased connectivity helps these farmers form a cooperative unit and share resources using FarmConnect.

Potential

Our idea is to organise the agricultural sector in India by providing a transparent flow of information and partnering with transportation services to help farmers deliver their produce. Our partnering with local farmers translated to 23% savings from previous year. On extrapolating the same model and increase in the area covered by our platform, the expected saving of even 20% annually could impact significantly in reaching the target to "feed 9 billion people by 2050". Fuel saving and responsible waste management will contribute in building a self sustainable community which yields higher income and production quality. We want to create a predictive model of crop prices and "SMART" warehousing data over a period which will help significantly in rural economics, uprooting the status quo.

Business Case

Our business model involves partnering with different freight owners, retailers and an on-ground team responsible for helping the farmers to get familiar with the platform (use of technology is still emerging in unorganised agrarian sector). Our revenue model is based on the bookings made by the farmers to transport their produce on a cost/km basis and from the waste management companies for the farm waste. We plan to source funds from multiple small non-institutional investors to create predictive model of crop prices for the farmers and suggest places for Smart Warehousing from the collected data. Our vision involves free flow of information between the three stakeholders, thus increasing the transparency and fair prices of the crops to make farming a more attractive option.

Objectives:

  1. To orchestrate freight owners centrally to offer a scaled transport platform and target fuel saving by pooling
  2. To mobilize an on ground team to dissipate information and expand by connecting at least 10 cities in the 1st year
  3. To leverage the data collected by analyzing the pattern of crop and prices and help government in building "SMART" warehouses

Team Ummeed

Guwahati, India

Our Team

Insights Insights! / Published January 15, 2017 by Nakul Yadav

Insights Insights!

Insight! Insight!

Well, on a survey, we found many opinions about how food is wasted, and what they feel when it comes to a food crisis. As usual, many people were shocked on hearing that by 2050, we would have to double our agriculture produce, but did not have any idea how they could help in this manner.

Let us share some of our insights and what we learnt and shared.
1) It would be very costly if farmers use refrigeration in transportation, since the electricity is scarce in remote parts of many African and Asian countries.

2) Technology like evaporative cooling must be present, but proper apparatus and optimization techniques are not available since proper basic education is not properly present in many countries and regions.

3) No pooling services are present for transportation, hence, it is important to also think of local farmers who cant afford to transport their produce due to high costs

Design of an Idea (and the post it chaos) / Published January 15, 2017 by Nakul Yadav

Design of an Idea (and the post it chaos)

Getting the hang of our work!

Our Mission

Our aim is to understand the correlation between the agricultural produce and the demand in the market, and dissipate this information to the farmers. We have analyzed that the unawareness of the farmers of the different nearby retailers and transportation options often leads to crop wastage. Our team comes from a variety of background, an amalgamation of physicist, mathematicians and designers who have come together to analyze the market pattern and create a platform where farmers can access the profiles of different retailers and also book freights. This will help in secure transportation of the crops, reduced food wastage and increase in the standard of living for the farmers.

Our Background

We have a team comprising of 4 members, who provide multidimensional approach to a specific problem. Nakul, though a final year physics undergrad, is more interested in understanding the basic biological phenomena of the world. Mukul is a final year mathematics undergrad student whose aim is to represent the world through a lens of mathematical analysis. He sees the overall mathematical modelling and developing models for the app. As a developer and a designer, Tarang is looking after the development of the app, and influx of new ideas that make our app more sustainable. Youngest in the group, Krishnapal is the designer that everyone would want for their projects. His vision for the development and UI/UX of the app has made our idea more presentable.

Insights Insights! / Published January 15, 2017 by Nakul Yadav

Insights Insights!

Insight! Insight!

Well, on a survey, we found many opinions about how food is wasted, and what they feel when it comes to a food crisis. As usual, many people were shocked on hearing that by 2050, we would have to double our agriculture produce, but did not have any idea how they could help in this manner.

Let us share some of our insights and what we learnt and shared.
1) It would be very costly if farmers use refrigeration in transportation, since the electricity is scarce in remote parts of many African and Asian countries.

2) Technology like evaporative cooling must be present, but proper apparatus and optimization techniques are not available since proper basic education is not properly present in many countries and regions.

3) No pooling services are present for transportation, hence, it is important to also think of local farmers who cant afford to transport their produce due to high costs

Design of an Idea (and the post it chaos) / Published January 15, 2017 by Nakul Yadav

Design of an Idea (and the post it chaos)

Getting the hang of our work!

Our Team

Our Mission

Our aim is to understand the correlation between the agricultural produce and the demand in the market, and dissipate this information to the farmers. We have analyzed that ...Read More

Our Background

We have a team comprising of 4 members, who provide multidimensional approach to a specific problem. Nakul, though a final year physics undergrad, is more interested in understanding ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.