Prime Minister Modi Lauds Farmkart In 70th Edition Of Mann Ki Baat

Shriya Khandelwal

Prime Minister Modi lauds Farmkart in 70th Edition of Mann Ki Baat, becomes the reason for the team’s gaiety.

2020 was not a year of much reckoning but it is definitely a year of many firsts. Farmkart, a Barwani-based agritech innovation startup that is in its third year of operations recently marked the biggest milestone in its history. Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the innovative technology solutions and lockdown initiatives of agritech innovation startup Farmkart in the 70th edition of Mann ki Baat.

On 25th October. 2020, in Mann ki Baat, an Indian radio programme hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in which he addresses the people of the nation, specifically appreciated Farmkart and its founder Atul Patidar. In his address, he said “With the advent of new possibilities in the agriculture sector our youth is also associating with it in large numbers. In Barwani Madhya Pradesh, Atul Patidar has digitally connected 4,000 farmers of his area. Through the e-platform Farmkart of Atul Patidar, these farmers are getting home delivery of many agricultural materials such as fertilizer, seeds pesticides, fungicides that means that farmers are getting the things required at their doorsteps. On this platform, modern agricultural equipment is also available for rent.” 

Mentioning Farmkart’s lockdown efforts, PM added, Even during the lockdown, thousands of packets were delivered to farmers through this digital platform which also included cotton seeds and vegetables. Atul and his team are also making farmers technically aware by teaching them online payment and purchase.

Farmkart’s founder and CEO Atul Patidar has a farming background. He started Farmkart in association with his friends from Canada. Before starting Farmkart,  Atul Patidar completed four post graduate degrees from the top global universities and worked for renowned companies such as Samsung, Ford etc. 

On appreciation of Farmkart from the PM, Atul Patidar said, “ Words of appreciation from Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi matter a lot for us.  I am thankful to the PM for the same. The Mann ki Baat address has boosted our confidence and energy.  This will encourage us to put more efforts in bringing a positive impact in the life of farmers.” 

The Prime Minister, in his mention, had pointed to Farmkart’s tech solutions like Unique Identification Code (UIC), User to User Delivery (U2U), rent4farm, Agri-Nidan, and delivery during difficult times of lockdown. Presently, with the help of these technological innovations, the services and products provided by Farmkart are available to 150,000 farmers in about 1200 locations. Currently, Farmkart distributes more than 700 agri-products from famous global and domestic brands such as YARA fertilisers, BASF, Valagro etc. 

“The expansion plan includes more products through new partnerships, nationwide presence, and providing better employment opportunities in rural areas.”, Anup Mandloi, COO, Farmkart

Farmkart aims to simplify the lives of farmers throughout the country so that the farmers get the actual reward of their hard work.

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