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– Ag-Tech start-up Kissan Pro gets strategic backing from Pumps and Water technologies manufacturer EKKI

Bengaluru, NFAPost: Pumps & Water Technologies manufacturer EKKI said it has invested in Kissan Pro, a Bengaluru-based Ag-Tech start-up offering a crop management platform. No financial details were disclosed.

A full-stack solution to farmers, Kissanpro Agro Technology is a Jharkhand-based agritech platform founded in 2020 by IIT and IIM Alumni with an aim to empower farmers through technology, design, and data science. The company provides an all-in-one platform with an aim to empower farmers through technology, design, and data science.

Kissan Pro works on a phygital model , while developing and promoting the effective use of the most advanced technology. Kisan Pro also has help centres in every cluster where farmers can visit and get all necessary support. Kissanpro’s three core objectives: Growing farmers’ per acre productivity, Reducing per acre cost and Improving per KG price realization.

Some of the services offered by Kissan Pro platform include yield prediction, plant health monitoring, soil moisture monitoring, irrigation equipment automation, irrigation scheduling, crop advisory, 3D soil moisture reporting and water & energy usage reports.

The company is also involved in canopy & anomaly monitoring, frost prediction and in-field weather monitoring. The platform can bring in increased profitability, increased precision in irrigation and fertigation, decreased water, power usage and work.

Other investors in Kissan Pro include United Arab Emirates (UAE) based Manu Midha of Innovacer, White Hill Ventures and Amit Tripathy of OYO.

According to Kissan Pro Cofounder and CEO Ravindra Dasoundhi the company is very excited to partner with EKKI Group , which is a firm making huge impact on farmers’ lives with their innovative water solutions for the last 40 years.

“With their expertise and collaboration we can create a massive impact at the grass root level,” said Ravindra Dasoundhi.

Currently Kissan Pro provides crop advisory to over 25,000 farmers and also supplies inputs and marketing services to around 7,000 farmers in Ranchi, Hazaribagh and Bokaro districts, Ravindra Dasoundhi said.

According to EKKI Co-CEO Kanishka Arumugam nowadays, everyone is speaking of the need for ‘business/corporate innovation’.

“Innovation is more than just a mix of process optimization and R&D investments. It is an ongoing and multi-level process that changes the way businesses are run. Companies must constantly look backward, attending to the products and processes of the past, while also gazing forward, preparing for the innovations that will define the future,” said Kanishka Arumugam.

Kanishka Arumugam said EKKI is committed to partnering with talented entrepreneurs and start-ups like Kissan Pro to bring innovative technologies and business models to market.

“One of the main focus areas for the Digital Unit is to partner with “Water Tech , AgTech, Clean tech and Property Tech start-ups,“ he said.

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