Rama Krishna Sangem
Noted financial entrepreneur and BJP leader Sudhakar Gande has extended his support to Krishna GAP, a technology driven farmers’ App, in an agreement closed recently. Gande’s Lexicon Infotech Limited, an investment firm and Krishi GAP, owned by agri-entrepreneur Srihari Kotela sealed the deal. Srihari and Lexicon’ CEO Hemant signed an MoU to this extent in Hyderabad on February 5, Monday.
Sudhkar Gande supports KrishiGAP to benefit the farmers and farmer’s organizations in the implementation of Global Farming standards to facilitate of enhancing income through exports/ premium market in India and safe food to the consumers, according to a press release from Krishi GAP.
What’s This MoU?
India Good Agricultural Practices certification scheme was launched by the Quality Council of India (www.qcin.org) , set up by Govt of India, FICCI, CII, and ASSOCHAM to empower Farmers' organizations for Increased Income, sustainable, and viable farming practices. IndG.A.P scheme is benchmarked to GlobalG.A.P Scheme ( www.globalgap.org) in August 2023 facilitating export opportunities to over 120 countries
Challenges in the Adoption of Global Food Safety and Sustainable Standards include: Lack of awareness and education regarding the requirements of the standards, Non-availability of trainers in crop production clusters, Limited understanding of certification advantage to access export/premium domestic, market and a significant imbalance in efforts with 95% focused on the implementation of the standard.
Considering the challenges faced by the farmer's organizations and food processors in the implementation of the global farming standards, Krishigap Digital Platform, the first of its kind in the marketplace ( www .krishigap.com) has been developed to facilitate ease and scale in implementation and compliance with global food safety and sustainable standards.
To set up Model Farms on global farming standards, with a practical learning hub and skill development facility, which aims to serve as a role model to empower farmer’s organizations with the expertise needed towards ease and scale of implementation for certification in conformance with international standards, fostering a sustainable and prosperous agricultural ecosystem through
- Enhanced availability of skilled manpower
- Enhanced income to the farmers/processors
- Safe food for the consumers
- Dedicated to aligning with the United Nations SD Goals
This will be achieved through the Krishigap Digital Platform (www.krishigap.com) and on-farm experience demo farms.
Enhanced income to the farmers for the certified produce, Access to online educational resources and experience demo farms will create a pool of empowered entrepreneurs for scaling up the implementation, Safe food to the consumers and increased exports from India,
Digital empowerment and educational support on the standards will play a crucial role in facilitating and scaling up the implementation and will create a transformative effect on the agricultural landscape, benefiting farmers, and consumers, while elevating India’s position in the global market and enhanced compliance with United Nations Social Development Goals
- Farmers organizations
- Food processors/ packers
- Food exporters/importers
- Food retailers
- Institutions in the food supply chain
- Faculty & Students
- Suppliers of farm inputs
Krishigap Digital Solutions Pvt is incorporated in May 2024
- Supported by a team of Advisors (4) and Subject matter experts ( 32), Over 200 Government officials in agriculture and horticulture trained in global, food safety and sustainable standards. the first experience Demo Farm featuring global food safety and sustainable, standards to serve as a practical learning hub for farmers and processors is coming up on 11 acres near Hyderabad airport.
- Signed MOU on October 30th,2023 with Montgomery County, Maryland, USA for market expansion activities in the USA.
“Together, let’s work towards a future where safe and sustainable food is accessible to all while increasing the income of farmers, processors, and safe food to consumers.” said Srihari Kotela, chairperson, India Good Agricultural Practices Certification Committee, appointed by Quality Council of India ( an Autonomous body under the Ministry of Commerce, Govt of India