Biggest problem for farmers is marketing – as they are not able to sell their produce in timely manner. There is no accurate data available with even government on what is farmer growing in fields as it changes often with season. So we get to know about availability only AFTER farmer harvests and gets it to a mandi (auction place or wholesale market). Farmers deal mostly through agents and middlemen. They are not aware of other bulk buyers like hotels, caterers, exporters, food processors, retail supermarkets etc., when a farmer registers in Mandi Trades, we capture all his produce details and location of Produce. Buyers can get all details and contact farmer directly through smart phone.
Some typical queries which one can get answers from the portal: For farmer: List Agriculture Commodity details on the Mobile Phone. For buyers: Who are the farmers growing a particular produce or variety. Narrow down by geography, location, price, availability, yield and various advanced parameters
Farmers have more choice of buyers, who are now buying in bulk from mandi can deal directly as volumes will be higher and rates also better than mandi rates. Reduce ‘last minute’ rush sale, and negotiating well ahead. Get to know average demand, peak/low demand season, in-season and off-season needs by querying the data and can plan their farms. Get to know more precise demand data and rare items, and can grow them to get higher prices. In short – More buyers, better prices for farmers and less wastage.
Farmer and Buyer are directly responsible for their decisions and Mandi Trades will NOT take responsibility for bad deals.
The Mobile App / Web Portal is targeted at B2B, bulk buyers only. Primary buyer segment who would benefit are: Hotels and caterers, Retail supermarkets, Local neighbourhood traders, Food processors, Exporters.
Most buyers buy from agents or Mandi / wholesale market. The App addresses the problems of High price fluctuation, poor quality control, no value addition agents etc. App provides a level playing field to everyone who is interested to buy a farm produce
Search and locate farmers and aggregators easily using internet/mobile. Plan procurement well in advance as harvest information is available for future. Direct dealing and visiting farms prior to purchase enables better backward integration and quality·