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Source:- IBEF: September 08, 2020

India’s agriculture technology sector has the potential to grow manifold to $24.1 billion in the next five years, according to a new report. With a turnover of $204 million, India’s agri-tech sector is at under 1% of its market potential today.

A big chunk of the gains will likely be made by companies addressing supply chain and financial services solutions, driven by the availability of affordable high-speed internet and maturing of India’s digital content ecosystem, the EY report on India’s agri-tech potential said. The report has also forecast consolidation in the agri-tech space along with start-ups expanding horizontally to service the end-to-end needs of farmers within the next few years. “Attractive market opportunity, nascency in investment funding and minuscule penetration by incumbent agri-tech players offer an opportunity for established players such as institutional retailers, ecommerce players and food processing companies to create impact at scale,” said Ankur Pahwa, partner and national leader — ecommerce and consumer internet at EY India.

EY estimates that five key categories of agri-tech will control the lion’s share of the sector’s turnover, with the agri-tech market for supplying farm inputs being as big as $1.7 billion by 2025, the market for precision agriculture and farm management growing to $3.4 billion in that time, while the market for quality management and traceability could be worth $3 billion. The market for tech enabled supply chain and output market linkages will be the largest segment, which could be worth $12 billion by 2025, according to EY. The second largest segment in the overall agri-tech market could be for financial services, with a market potential of $4.1 billion in the next five years. Funding in the sector so far is also skewed towards start-ups serving these five sectors, with a bulk of the money being pumped into start-ups building agri supply chains and market linkages.”