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Agri-Tech Startups Have Huge Potential in Jammu and Kashmir

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Rameez Makhdoomi


Agriculture is the mainstay of economy of Jammu and Kashmir region. More than 70 percent population is dependent directly or indirectly on Agriculture and its allied sectors for livelihood.
With the culture of Startups growing in India , the Agritech Startups are growing in importance.

Using data and technology to solve farmers’ concerns

The agritech startups help farmers by offering advice from experts on how to manage crops and boost yield. They leverage data and technology to solve farmers’ concerns about accessing high quality agri-inputs and bridges the information gap. It also makes available important Agriculture tools available via online methods.
A startup company is a newly formed business with particular momentum behind it based on perceived demand for its product or service. The intention of a startup is to grow rapidly as a result of offering something that addresses a particular market gap

Robust growth of startups in India

The total number of recognised startups in India rose from 471 in 2016 to 72,993 as on 30th June 2022, helped by proactive government interventions, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Som Parkash said on 23 July, 2022.
Jammu and Kashmir has a huge potential of becoming the hub of agri-tech startups and technology can value add to the products from the region with its immense biodiversity, said Union Minister for Science and Technology Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Science and Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Earth Science; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Space and Atomic Energy, Dr. Jitendra Singh at the inauguration of the three day ‘Kashmir Expo Start-ups for Livelihood’ on NOVEMBER 8, 2022 at Srinagar.

The strength of Kashmir Expo

The Kashmir Expo will also provide startups like in the field of Agritech to showcase their talent and also learn from the mega event some positive lessons for future.
In Jammu and Kashmir too the setup culture is proactively growing. Government data shows that there are nearly 1,800 registered start-ups in Jammu & Kashmir.
In coming years the startups in Jammu and Kashmir are projected to grow by leaps and bounds with connectivity and infrastructure in region improving. The Agritech Startups are going to be leaders as the unique agriculture products of Jammu and Kashmir are its backbone.

J&K can be hub of Agri-Tech startups

Muhammad Maroof Shah, a veterinarian and eminent scholarly voice of Kashmir states: “The observations by Senior Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh that Jammu and Kashmir can be hub of Agri-Tech startups is a welcome development. This observation is backed by history and our potential as region.
We need to focus on Agriculture and all its allied sectors. Livestock has a huge potential for Jammu and Kashmir considering the resources and potential we have.
The meat market potential Is huge. Vegetable sector is also all the time growing. So given the holistic focus to Agriculture and its allied sectors the starts up by youth involving technology help can boost our economy. The Agritech Startups in coming times are going to be our important component .”

Keen interest of youth in startups

The youth of Kashmir are taking keen interest in agriculture and its allied sectors like Animal Husbandry, Floriiculture and Horticulture. These realities present a bright picture of the Agritech Startups for the Youth of Jammu and Kashmir.
On the other hand of the spectrum, with the ecosystem of Start-ups getting stronger in India. The expert pulse is that more youth of Jammu and Kashmir should now give their ideas in fields like Agritech Startups full vent .
It Is a recognised pulse now that Agritech startups are leveraging technology in the area of market linkages such as retail, B2C and B2B marketplaces and digital agronomy platforms.
Undoubtedly, the Agritech Startups are of pivotal importance for Jammu and Kashmir.

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