DHAVALAS - Providing Comprehensive One Stop End to End Farming Services to the Farmers
With initial funding from the founder & his family members, the startup is now completely bootstrapped. They are expecting angel investment of $1 million for launch of commercial operations.
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DHAVALAS offers end to end integrated farming services to the farmers. All these technology driven services are offered at one broad platform, where a common farmer, who is aggrieved of the traditional farming situation gets complete support from Dhavalas. The idea of the startup is to improve farmer’s productivity significantly, maximize profitability and minimize risks by adapting more scientific & technology driven Integrated Agro Farming System, by providing complete knowledge support through professional services and by creating a seamless supply chain to eliminate the long chain of middlemen.The farmer gets engaged in this farming system for round the year and earns ideally four times of their current earning. The end to end solutions offered by the startup comprises of consulting services from soil testing to pre & post harvest management, Supply of Farm infra development materials, the supply of farm consumables, buyback of major agro produce for resale, Food Processing & Warehousing of Produce.
The startup is driven by many unique key features from providing end to end solutions to the farmer customers at one single platform to integrated farming system that is technology driven as well as the comprehensive solution as compared to the traditional farming system. The service aims at maximizing the income of the farmers adequately and farmer’s traditional farming risk is minimized considerably with these services. The services that are offered at farmer’s field by the professionals of respective service category are tailor-made services offered as per the geographical needs of the farmer.
With initial funding from the founder & his family members, the startup is now completely bootstrapped. They are expecting angel investment of $1 million for the launch of commercial operations. This funding is mainly required to meet the monthly operating expenses on three areas: Salaries & Remunerations, Marketing & Promotional expenses along with other field execution expenses. Since the startup is ready for big commercial launch, other major highlights on funding front would be as under: Operational cash flow will get generated after a couple of months. The breakeven volume is very small, so the startup would be profitable from the first year of operations. It has got the fastest payback period with a very high EPS guarantee so it is confident of crossing $1 billion turnovers by Year-2. The startup has already undergone all risk taking & failure stages, so the investor's money would be used only for the generation of operational income.
The agribusiness sector has the biggest market among all with a gigantic size of $410 billion annual outlay. Not just in financial terms, but in terms of the numbers too, >65% population of the country is engaged in this market. This is the core sector of the economy and many small markets are dependent upon this. The agri-economy is presently growing @2%, whereas it has got the potential to grow 2 to 3 times annually. This shows huge scope for development in this sector. Based on these facts, the marketing plans & strategies of the startup are initially targeting only “well to do” farmers with more than 10 acres of farmland with gradual & simultaneous expansions in neighbouring districts & states on a quarterly basis. The startup has engaged local village level representatives as Company’s channel partners for marketing & promotion, 500+ farmers are already registered for taking services in 5 districts. An aggressive post sales support methodology for optimum customer satisfaction is been followed.
The immediate plan is to launch commercial operations across 5 districts in two states – Chhattisgarh and Odisha. Gradually they are planning to expand the operations in 240 districts across 14 states in India. These expansions are planned on quarterly crop season basis, simultaneously in many districts. To go for smooth & flawless execution system, the startup is working on a mobile app for farmers (external customer end) and channel partners (internal end), which would be ready to use in few months’ time.
The initiation of your funding to Dhavalas will help bring transformation and change in the lives of 65% population of the country which is just surviving on agriculture.
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