End-to-end dairy technology solutions provider, Stellapps has raised an undisclosed amount from IDH FarmFit. They have also entered into a partnership as a result of this investment.
Stellapps is challenging the status quo of India’s dairy ecosystem through its tech-first, platform-based dairy supply chain services. The increasing milk demand and the untapped potential for milk production offer ample opportunities for continuous growth for Stellapps.
Since its inception in 2011, the dairy tech company has been helping raise farmers net income by improving productivity in the value chain, enhancing milk quality, and enabling trackability. The dairy tech company is creating a digital highway and access network to enable the delivery of value-added services like credit, insurance, extension, agri-inputs, etc. Women constitute 83% of dairy farmers in India and Stellapps is promoting female leadership throughout the dairy value chain as it expands its reach in India.
In a statement, Ranjith Mukundan, Chief Executive Officer at Stellapps, said, “The investment will contribute towards building out our vision of creating a digital ecosystem that enables smallholder farmers to become entrepreneurs. This involves enabling easy and timely access to extension services, quality cattle nutrition, financial services, market linkage.”
“This will improve farmer income and positively impact their lives. We shall witness the transformation of one of India’s most crucial agricultural sectors. The company supports smallholder Indian farmers by increasing transparency, improving farming practices, and enabling financial inclusion,” said Varishna Tewarie, the IDH Farmfit Fund’s investment manager for Asia, in a statement.
Agri-business drives India’s economy and dairy is its aorta, since it employs more than 40% of the agri-workforce and contributes the greatest percentage to its agricultural GDP.
The Indian dairy sector is the largest in the world, contributing 22% of global milk production. The Indian dairy and livestock sector is a $ 225 billion industry and contributes to 7.6% of India’s GDP.
Source : The Economic Times Feb 17th 2022