Friday, May 24, 2024

Agritech startup iFarmer raises $2.1 million

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com
iFarmer, a full-stack agriculture platform providing agri based services to farmers, has recently raised $2.1 million in a new financing round, maintaining its accelerated growth, said a press release.
IDLC Venture Capital Fund, the VC arm of IDLC Finance, one of the largest non- banking financial institutions in Bangladesh, led the financing round, the release said.
Millville Opportunities, a hedge fund firm based in New York, participated in the round.
Startup Bangladesh Limited, the flagship venture capital fund of the ICT Ministry under the Bangladesh Government, also participated in the financing round.
‘Bangladesh has about 16.5m farmers, and almost 80 per cent are smallholders. The biggest challenges for farmers in Bangladesh are securing finance and good quality Agricultural inputs such as seeds, pesticides, fertilizers, etc., and then finding buyers to sell their produce,’ said the release.
iFarmer, which started its operations in 2019, is the largest agri-tech company in the country, offering solutions to these problems at scale.
iFarmer facilitates retail and institutional funders to finance the farmers, and enables access to high-quality agri-inputs through a partnership with companies and retailers.
‘This, in turn, creates better market access for the farmers by aggregating products from the farmers and selling those to institutional buyers, retailers and in the wholesale markets,’ said the release.
‘We are currently operating in 19 districts in Bangladesh – serving close to 63,000+ farmers, up from about 6,000 farmers in 2020’, says Fahad Ifaz, co- founder and chief executive officer, iFarmer.
iFarmer works with nearly 2900+ Agri-input retailers to supply agriculture inputs, enabling the farmers to buy quality agro-inputs at an affordable price from nearby retailers.
Currently it supplies 8000+ tons of agri produce directly procured from the farmers and then sells to institutional buyers, wholesale markets, and retailers.
iFarmer has grown on every front, including the revenue, which increased by 7.7 times in 2022. The revenue is driven by the supply of agriproduce to the market, sales of agri-inputs to the retailers, and commission from financing.
‘When we started supplying farm produce in June 2020, our monthly volume was around 50+ tons. Now it’s almost 8000+ tons. Every day, we aggregate produce from farmers and supply it to the market’, said Jamil M Akbar, co-founder and coo, iFarmer.
Fahad Ifaz, the ceo of iFarmer, has worked for almost 10 years for agricultural and rural development across South Asia with organizations like the World Bank, CARE, and Swisscontact.
Meanwhile, Jamil Akbar, the coo, has a background in technology and project management for large scale IT companies serving global clients.
‘The IDLC Venture Capital Fund I aim to finance promising new businesses which are solving fundamental problems for Bangladesh. We are excited that iFarmer is unlocking the true potential of the agriculture sector through technology at scale. It is using innovation to enable farmers all across Bangladesh, and we believe they are solving the most crucial problems in the industry and supply chain,’ said Mustafizur Khan, partner, IDLC VC 1.
Alejandro Montealegre, managing partner of Millville Opportunities, said, ‘iFarmer has proven that it can significantly improve the lives of farmers while bringing efficiency to the agri supply chain. We are excited to back iFarmer as they are working to transform the agriculture sector that is critical to the economy of Bangladesh.’
The startup plans to deploy the fresh capital to expand to more districts in Bangladesh, expand its supply chain infrastructure to supply agro inputs, and also aggregate farm produce.
iFarmer has also been conducting pilots on agriculture insurance and developing sensor and remote sensing-based advisory services such as soil analysis, fertilizer recommendation, and weather advisory.

– With New Age input

Related News

NJ Diamonds brings vibrant luxury jewelry to Bangladesh

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com NJ Diamonds, a new luxury jewelry brand, has officially launched in the capital at Banani road 11. The event was a glittering affair, attended by top influencers and industry elites, marking a significant milestone for the Bangladesh jewelry market. NJ Diamonds, founded by Noorjahan Abdullah & Labiba Abdullah, are set to ... Read more

NCC Bank celebrates 31 years of operations

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com NCC Bank celebrated its 31 years of operations at the bank’s head office in Dhaka on Friday. Md Abul Bashar, chairman of the bank, inaugurated the 31st anniversary programme, said a press release. NCC Bank started its journey on May 17, 1993. “During the 31 year-long-journey, the bank played a remarkable ... Read more

21 winners receive gifts from Nagad’s mega campaign

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com A total of 21 winners have received different gifts by taking part in the country’s biggest transactions campaign – initiated by Nagad, a popular mobile financial service provider. Recently, Nagad’s Senior Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer Sadat Adnan Ahmad and Executive Vice-President and Deputy Chief Marketing Officer Muhammad Solaiman handed ... Read more

Hatil Chairman Selim H Rahman honoured with CIP award

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com Selim H Rahman, the esteemed Chairman and Managing Director of HATIL, a leading name in the furniture industry, was conferred with the prestigious Commercially Important Person (CIP) award for his pioneering contributions to the export of the furniture sector. The ceremony held at the Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel, Dhaka, on ... Read more

Emirates announces first destinations for A350 service

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com Emirates has announced the first set of destinations to be served by its A350 aircraft entering service in September 2024. The airline plans to deploy its latest aircraft type to 9 destinations in the coming months, offering customers its latest signature cabin experiences.10 new A350s are expected to join the Emirates ... Read more

Adidas nearly ready to open outlet in Dhaka

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com Adidas, the German athletic apparel and footwear giant, is set to open its first outlet in Bangladesh this month at Gulshan-1 in the capital. The three-stripes will partner up with leading local conglomerate DBL Group, which will facilitate its entry into the Bangladesh market. “We have planned a soft launch on ... Read more

Shwapno opens new outlet in Pabna

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com Popular retail chain shop “Shwapno” has opened a new outlet in Pabna’s Sujanagar at Molla Super Market. The inauguration took place at 5:30pm on 30 December, reads a press release. Present at the event were Ahmed Firoz Kabir, Member of Parliament for Pabna-2 (Sujanagar, Aminpur), Chairman Shahinujjaman Shahin of Sujanagar Upazila, ... Read more

Shwapno launches new outlet at Bashundhara

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com Shwapno, the largest retail chain in Bangladesh, launched an outlet in the Bashundhara area on Thursday offering a month-long discount with a home delivery facility. On behalf of Bashundhara Group, media advisor Mohammad Abu Tayeb inaugurated the outlet as guest of honour at the Rupayan shopping centre in the residential area, ... Read more

With ‘Face ID’ and ‘Fingerprint’ login bKash app is now more secure, user-friendly

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com bKash app introduces biometric ‘Face ID’ and ‘Fingerprint’ login features to make users’ daily transactions easier and safer. Alongside, exciting new features – ‘Group Send Money’, ‘Request Money’, ‘Savings Marketplace’ and selecting ‘Default Card’ to use the ‘Add money’ service from VISA card to bKash – are also included in the ... Read more

Grameenphone wins ‘Bangladesh Sustainability Excellence Awards 2023’ in Financial Inclusion

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com It was an evening to rejoice and remember for Grameenphone at the Bangladesh Sustainability Excellence Awards 2023, as the organization’s sincere efforts with flagship initiatives GP Accelerator and GP Academy received due recognition. Renowned media house The Daily Star, along with CSR Window, honored the winners at the Bangladesh Sustainability Excellence ... Read more

Banglalink wins the best sustainability award

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com Banglalink has won the ‘Best Sustainability Excellence Initiative’ award in the ‘Disaster Response’ category at the ‘Bangladesh Sustainability Excellence Awards 2023,’ jointly presented by The Daily Star and CSR Window Bangladesh. The award is in recognition of Banglalink’s contribution to societal welfare through the innovative integration of an Early Warning System ... Read more

StanChart wins Mastercard Excellence Awards

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com Standard Chartered Bangladesh has clinched awards in three categories at the “Mastercard Excellence Awards 2023”. The categories are “Excellence in Mastercard Contactless (Issuing)”, “Excellence in Mastercard Credit Business (International)”, and “Excellence in Mastercard Business (Innovation)”. Naser Ezaz Bijoy, chief executive officer of the multinational bank, received an award from Atiur Rahman, ... Read more

Nagad wins Mastercard Excellence Award 2023

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com Nagad, a popular mobile financial service provider in Bangladesh, has clinched “Mastercard Excellence Award” 2023 for its contribution to credit card bill payments. The mobile money carrier has been honoured with this prestigious award as the “Master Evolution”, reads a press release. On behalf of his company, Nagad’s Executive Director Maruful ... Read more

Prime Bank clinches Mastercard Excellence Awards 2023

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com Prime Bank PLC, a leading private commercial bank of the country, has won Mastercard Excellence Awards 2023 for Debit Business (Domestic) category. Nazeem A Choudhury, deputy managing director of the bank, and Masudul Haque Bhuiyan, head of Cards & Alternative Delivery Channel, received the award from Dr Atiur Rahman, former governor ... Read more

Zakia Rouf Chowdhury elected as vice chairman of Bank Asia

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com Zakia Rouf Chowdhury has been elected as Vice Chairman of Bank Asia Limited recently at the 508th meeting of the Board of Directors of the bank. She has an illustrious business career of more than 35 years in the private sector of Bangladesh. Since inception, she has been holding leadership positions ... Read more

Yamaha celebrates 7 years with ACI Motors

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com ACI Marts is the sole distributor and technical collaboration partner of Yamaha motorcycles in Bangladesh. ACI Motors started its journey in 2007 as a subsidiary of renowned company ACI Limited. In 2016, Yamaha started a new journey in Bangladesh with ACI Motors. At present, more than 116 Yamaha 3S (Sales, Service ... Read more

Walton boosts TV exports to Denmark, Ireland

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladeshi global electronics brand Walton has boosted up its exports of television to Denmark, Ireland and other European countries as the demand of Walton television goes high in those countries in recent times, according to a press release. Walton Global Business Unit’s Vice-President Syed Al Imran said that Walton has been ... Read more

Mutual Trust Bank launches privilege centres in Dhaka

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com Mutual Trust Bank Ltd recently launched its two revamped privilege centres in Dhanmondi and Uttara celebrating “MTB Retail Fest 2023”. Syed Mahbubur Rahman, managing director and CEO of the bank, inaugurated the centres as the chief guest, said a press release. Privilege Banking customers enjoy a wide range of exclusive benefits, ... Read more

Prime Bank Investment launches PrimeInvest

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com Prime Bank Investment Ltd (PBIL), a subsidiary of Prime Bank, launched PrimeInvest, a comprehensive discretionary product suite that aims to foster access to investment for individuals and institutional investors. CQK Mustaq Ahmed, chairman of PBIL, inaugurated the product at its head office in Banani in the capital, said a press release. ... Read more

Midland Bank strikes deal with Bangladesh Bank

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com Midland Bank Ltd recently signed a participation agreement with the Financial Sector Support and Strategic Planning Department (FSSSPD) of the Bangladesh Bank for availing refinance facility in US dollars. Liza Fahmida, director of the BB department, and Md Ahsan-uz Zaman, managing director of Midland Bank, inked the deal at the BB ... Read more