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Agtech firm FarmersFZ makes unit-level traceability possible for vegetables

Our Bureau | | | Updated on: Dec 06, 2021

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The ‘Know Your Farmer’ feature is part of quality control, facilitating regular checks to ensure non-toxic and pesticide-free products

A nascent agri-tech firm under the Kerala Startup Mission has come up with a system that enables the consumer to detect the origin of the branded vegetables in the market.

Kochi-based Farmers Fresh Zone has introduced a unit-level traceability feature called ‘Know Your Farmer’ as part of quality control, facilitating regular checks to ensure non-toxic and pesticide-free products.

“We run on a simple philosophy: connect rural farmers with urban customers by sourcing produce that is fresh as well as pure produce, delivering it at their doorsteps,” said Pradeep P S, CEO of FarmersFZ.

The firm, which provides access to safe-to-eat fruits and vegetables that are directly sourced from the farmers, has been disrupting the highly unorganised agriculture sector with its unique features. “We are earning immense support and appreciation from the customers and farmers,” he added.

FarmersFZ, which operates from four Kerala cities, achieved a five-fold growth in the 2020-21 fiscal. “With focus only on fruits and vegetables, we are India’s first start-up in the direct-to-consumer sector to cross $one million in revenue in a financial year,” he said.

Currently, FarmersFZ offers more than 80 kinds of vegetables and 25 varieties of fruits. The start-up also helps farmers in production planning and to follow good agriculture practice. It has improved the farmers’ income by 20 per cent. “We have a unique cluster approach that helps us achieve fresh F&V direct from farm-gate to the customer’s doorstep in 15 hours from harvest,” he added.

FarmersFZ is planning to expand to six cities this year. Targeting a revenue of ₹300 crore in next three years, the start-up is in talks with investors to raise a Series-A investment to expand to more cities in south India. The start-up has already raised angel investment from IAN fund along with others.

Published on April 22, 2021
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