Hydro-Economical Analysis of Opportunities to Improve Water Use in the Agriculture Sector in Maharashtra

Hydro-Economical Analysis of Opportunities to Improve Water Use in the Agriculture Sector in MaharashtraMaharashtra is an important State for India’s economy with strong industrial and services sectors. Even though the agricultural sector’s contribution to Maharashtra’s economic performance is only 11%, agriculture growth is critical for Maharashtra to improve lives of its population as about 50% of the State’s population depends on agriculture sector, either directly or indirectly, for livelihoods. The report outlines some recommendations to strengthen the existing programs and schemes. In addition, the report identifies two areas where convergence amongst various activities and actors could significantly enhance outcomes and a need to integrate efforts with the Water Resource Department and other key stakeholders which use water such as cities and industries is outlined.

Webinar Series on Agri-Tech and Water-Tech Start-ups

As part of its outreach efforts to support the Government of Maharashtra and private sector and civil society partners in response to COVID-19, the 2030 WRG Maharashtra Multi-Stakeholder Platform (MSP) has been organizing a series of webinars showcasing agri-tech and water-tech start-ups relevant to addressing the food security-related challenges brought about by agri supply chain disruptions due to the lack of labor and logistics induced by COVID-19. This initiative is a part of the Maharashtra Water MSP on building Water and Livelihood Security in Rainfed Areas, Command Area Water Productivity, and Wastewater Reuse and Management.

This webinar series showcases innovations by agri-tech startups that have developed products and solutions for different stages of the agri value chain. These stages include access to inputs, farm mechanization and tools, quality monitoring and control, storage, warehousing and processing, access to markets, financing, and logistics solutions. Innovations by water-tech start-ups in increasing water-use efficiency and wastewater reuse are also being showcased. This initiative is an effort to support the Government of Maharashtra MSP and private-sector partners in building long-term resilience and water and livelihood security for farmer communities.

Webinar 1 (see brochure here)
Date: 14 May 2020
Co-convened with: UnLtd India
Start-ups showcased:

  1. LogisticsNow: an online digital logistics platform to bring the power of local and national logistics network to FPOs / Government and private sector
  2. Vesatogo: technology solution to provide access to affordable and timely transportation and market information for farmers (see presentation here)
  3. Wingrow Agritech: solutions to enable access to quality inputs and markets and building capacity for empowering farmers (see presentation here)

Webinar 2 (see brochure here)
Date: 26 May 2020
Co-convened with: UnLtd India
Start-ups showcased:

  1. BioPrime Agrisolutions: Smart Nanomolecules Induced Physiological Response (SNIPR)-based next-gen biologicals that modulate plant physiological responses to help reduce crop losses due to climate change and increase yield and quality (see presentation here)
  2. Soilsens: provides AI-/ML-based solutions for efficient irrigation, disease prediction, and other metrics resulting in an overall transformation of farmers from traditional agriculture to precision agriculture using indigenously-developed and -patented sensors and IoT platforms (see presentation here)
  3. Bharat Agri: direct transaction platform based on farm and farmer data history to provide constant and continuous handholding to growers for better productivity and planned approach in farming with smart farming techniques (see presentation here)

Webinar 3 (see brochure here)
Date: 11 June 2020
Co-convened with: Omnivore Fund
Start-ups showcased:

  1. Ecozen Solutions: sustainable technology solutions that help farmers store and preserve fresh produce and support in connecting farmers to organized buyers (see presentation here)
  2. DeHaat: one-stop platform for farmers’ needs including seeds, fertilizers, equipment, credit and insurance, crop advisory, and market linkage of farm produce (see presentation here)