Organic farming company gets VC backing

From VC Circle:

This could be the first venture capital investment in an organic farming business. Mumbai-based venture capital firm Nexus India Capital has made an undisclosed investment in organic farming company Suminter India Organics Pvt. Ltd.

This is an interesting investment as one does not normally associate VC funding with farming. Suminter, however, attracted the investors due to its scalability. The company actually pays its contract farmers a surplus over market prices for their goods, centralizes it and then exports it to other parts of the world.

The company works on a buy-back arrangement, in which it pays farmers a premium, typically 10-15 per cent, over the market price. The harvest is processed and packaged at a central unit and then shipped overseas. It exports directly to the US and through a Netherlands-based subsidiary to Europe. The funding will be used to expand its reach to 10 Indian states.

2 Responses

  1. […] done a post on Suminter India Organics Pvt. Ltd., Endeavor’s first selection in India. Go here to read […]

  2. I am interested in starting an “organic farm” of 100 acres nearing to my city on east coast -facing bay of bengal. Land is available at around 50 km from city on NH5 and priced at Rs.6 crore for 100 acres. Abundant water source with a water canal abutting the land. The city population is around 25 lakhs and bulging day by day. An ‘organic’ shop also can be opened in the city. An investor like Nexus India capital is required to fund the project.
    thanking you

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