Entrepreneur Sajan Raj Kurup has launched Saintfarm Agro LLP, an end-to-end e-commerce enterprise targeted on natural and sustainable meals. The agency is engaged in natural farming, processing, agri-tech, R&D, exports and on-line retailing.
Saintfarm has been promoting contemporary natural produce similar to fruits, greens, pulses, honey and cow ghee in India’s high metros by means of its on-line platform. At current, it has 258 completely different natural product classes.
Saintfarm was began with an preliminary funding of $2-$three million after Kurup acquired decade-old Ahmedabad-based Arpit Natural, arrange by Nehal Shah, in 2019. It might be famous that Shah, who nonetheless holds a minority stake in Arpit Natural, is the chief working officer (COO) of Saintfarm.
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Kurup, who based advert company CreativeLand Asia and various funding fund Ventureland Asia, has spent the final couple of years specializing in integrating Saintfarm’s operations.
To launch Saintfarm’s operations, Kurup acquired natural farmland, educated natural farm producers, arrange natural meals processing and packaging models, constructed apiaries, created a provide chain and launched an app throughout each Android and iOS platforms to make it accessible to shoppers throughout the nation.
FOCUS ON ORGANIC FARMING, PRODUCE
Saintfarm’s main focus is on producing and promoting natural produce. The agency has arrange farming services throughout agricultural lands in Nashik, Ahmedabad, Anand, Boriyavi, Nadiyad, Reengus and Khatu.
“At current, our provide chain covers greater than 650 farmers Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal and the Northeast rising natural elements like cereals, pulses, oilseeds, spices to fruits, greens and herbs throughout The farms, merchandise and services are licensed for EU, USDA NOP and Indian NPOP requirements,” the corporate stated in an announcement.
“Saintfarm goals to deliver collectively round 15,000 farmers from throughout the nation in subsequent two years,” it added.
The agency has additionally arrange its first natural processing unit at Ahmedabad in compliance with USDA, European and Indian natural requirements. The agency’s unit holds the capability of processing as much as 240 MT per 12 months of flours, dals and pulses.
“Saintfarm goals to arrange related processing models at Mumbai, Jaipur, Bengaluru and Delhi NCR in close to future to satisfy the rising demand in subsequent 2 years. By the top of the 12 months 2023 the corporate’s processing unit capability will enhance to at the very least 1000MT every year,” the corporate stated.
Saintfarm has additionally arrange its personal apiaries for the aim of manufacturing unadulterated honey. As of now, there are three apiaries positioned round North India, with extra apiaries to be established within the coming spring.
R&D AND TECH INNOVATION
The agency is primarily targeted on R&D operations. Its mannequin entails partnering and mobilising farmers and coaching them in natural agriculture. “Saintfarm’s crew of agronomists and subject employees work intently with the farmers, making certain complete management on the seed, soil, farming and harvesting and implementing world finest practices in natural meals manufacturing,” the corporate stated.
It has invested extensively in constructing a digital ecosystem and an end-to-end channel to take its farm produce to the top shopper seamlessly.
Sajan Raj Kurup stated, “Saintfarm has been lots of laborious work for 2 years of being related to the soil and placing collectively an ecosystem of meals that’s actually wanted at present.”
“The pandemic solely strengthened my resolve to get extra invested within the meals enterprise. With Saintfarm, I actually wish to make natural extra reasonably priced and mainstream throughout the size and breadth of this huge nation and be a big contributor to the natural motion globally. We made a strategic enterprise choice to spend money on our personal Agri-tech infrastructure,” he added.
“Saintfarm’s founding structure relies on three tenets. Respect for the land we until. Respect for the farmers who until the land. And respect for the produce that we develop. I sincerely consider that natural and sustainable dwelling isn’t only a alternative, however a proper everybody should train.”
Kurup’s companion within the enterprise, Nehal Shah, stated, “I’ve been within the natural sector for over 12 years, and I used to be in search of a like-minded one that can be very captivated with natural farming and environmental consciousness.”
“I met Raj Kurup and I shared my imaginative and prescient in direction of natural farming and meals. On the finish of our assembly, I knew that I’ve met an individual who has the identical imaginative and prescient and who can scale this up. We determined to chase our dream collectively and make it come true,” he added.