• Embedding digital payments in the agri-business operations of FPOs in Tamil Nadu & Uttar Pradesh
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KANCHI is a web & mobile-based platform used to manage agri-business operations of farmer collectives such as selling inputs to farmers, leasing farm equipment, produce aggregation and selling it wholesale or retail.

Web and Mobile based modules of KANCHI

The platform is helping FPOs to

  • Maintain digital repository of its FPOs

  • Maintain digital repository of its farmers

  • Aid in fulfilling compliance requirement of FPOs

  • Capture & maintain all shares related data at one place

  • Capture transaction history of farmers while selling their produce or purchasing inputs

  • Help run their input shops by capturing transactions digitally

  • Help in digitally recording quantity & quality of their produce

  • Help in digitally recording sales of their produce

CDFI is now assisting Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) to embed cashless payments with agri-business activities of 40 FPOs in Uttar Pradesh (UP) & Tamil Nadu.

Under the project, CDFI would be:

  • Digitizing the agri-business operations of these FPOs through KANCHI
  • Capturing the transaction footprints of farmers helping them build a credit profile
  • Integrating cashless modes of payments in KANCHI
  • Building capacity and handhold FPOs in managing their operations digitally
  • Spread awareness of different modes and benefits of digital payments
  • Share agri-related information with farmer

KANCHI mobile app for managing agri-business activities of FPOs

Progress made so far:

  • 14,200+ farmers from UP and 19,200+ farmers from Tamil Nadu onboarded on the Kanchi platform
  • 12,000+ sowing records for Kharif 2022 in UP recorded in Kanchi
  • 14,600+ transactions related to the purchase of inputs such as fertilizers, seeds, pesticides at FPO's retail outlets by farmers have been captured on the Kanchi platform
  • Produce Aggregation module of Kanchi has also recorded the purchase of 55,000+ quintals of green gram, 42,000+ quintals of maize and 100+ quintals of groundnut from farmers in Tamil Nadu
  • PoS devices have been installed in 27 retail outlets across Tamil Nadu & UP to enable digital payments
  • Outbound calls for awareness about safe digital payments to farmers have been initiated
  • Short informative videos on digital payments & agri-related topics are being shared with farmers on WhatsApp
  • Portal development to display visualizations and analytics on data & transactions of FPOs is underway

CDFI conducted a one-day workshop on 19th November 2022 with all the 20 FPOs from Uttar Pradesh as part of MeitY funded project and the project team also visited two (2) FPOs near Lucknow.