DVExcellus (Kheti), an agri-food tech (web and mobile) platform, is an online marketplace for farm products and provider of end-to-end solutions for farmers and small agri-enterprises. Kheti connects farmers directly with consumers (eliminating the need for middlemen), bringing farmers into the fold of e-commerce. It offers three digitally-driven modules: KHETI Farm, Farm Management Tool, and KHETI Food to better connect production (at farmer level) and consumption (at buyer level), and an easy-to-access space for other agri-ecosystem players such as cooperatives, development agencies, governments, and products/service providers to engage with producers/consumers.
Through UKaid सीप’s support, extended via Upaya City Cargo, Kheti is skilling farmers with a focus on digital literacy and digital payments, mainly targeting farmers from Kathmandu Valley, Chitwan and Kaski Districts. Kheti’s proven data-driven farm management tool (FMT) helps build farm efficiency and profitably. “Kheti offers an efficient supply chain management system through use of data, by Kheti and farmers both, to better manage farm produce and predict output and harvest quantities. These predictions are enabling better connections to B2B customers,” explains Deepak Tuladhar, Project Coordinator, Kheti.
Kheti offers guidance on various crop cultivation practices, extensive profile on 47 different crops, as well as an interactive mode for farmers to enquire and access information and inputs.
The crop profile includes insights on areas like crop rate per hectare, fertilizer requirements, crop spacing, optimal temperature and moisture, control against pest and insect damage. Farmers can access agricultural inputs more-easily at more-affordable prices on the one hand, and sell their produce, directly, at their requested timeline.
Since 2020, Kheti has trained over 339 farmers, bringing them into the fold of e-commerce along with added delivery service option through Upaya: CityCargo. Farmers linked with Kheti (and others) can soon access cooling boxes and load pooling mechanism, through Upaya, which will further augment the supply chain for perishable agri products and help farmers avail a fair price.