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Presented by: KAPIL PATIL SECTION 1

E-choupal & opportunity for ABM manager

CONTENTS..
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Meaning of e-Choupal. Condition of Indian farmer. Solution by e-Choupal e-Choupal operation Opportunities to Agri Business Managers.

MEANING OF e-CHOUPAL e-

CONDITION OF THE INDIAN FARMERS
‡ Fragmentation, Dispersion, Heterogeneity
± Most of them are small (1.5 ha average holding) o They do not have bargaining power ± All of them live in away from cities (600,000 villages) o They do not have access to real time information ± The circumstance of each one is very different (agroecological conditions, resources) o They cannot get customized knowledge advise ‡ And, all this is further compounded by weak infrastructure
o Physical, Social, Institutional

THE e-CHOUPAL SOLUTION e‡ An initiative of ITC Ltd. to link directly with rural farmers for procurement of agricultural or aquaculture produce like soybean, wheat, coffee & prawns. ‡ The initial launch in June 2000. ‡ e-Choupal was conceived to tackle the challenges posed by the unique features of Indian agriculture- characterized by fragmented farms, weak infrastructure & the involvement of various intermediaries.

EXECUTION ISN T EASY!
‡ No telecom reach
± We use Satellite communications

‡ No Power; Erratic Voltage where it exists
± We use Solar Power

‡ First Time Computer Users
± Lot of effort on Capacity Building

‡ Resistance from traditional middlemen
± Farmers dealt with them!

THE ECHOUPAL INFRASTRUCTURE

‡ ICT Kiosk with Internet Access
± In the house of one trained farmer, Sanchalak ± Within walking distance of target farmers

‡ Warehousing Hub
± Managed by the erstwhile middleman, Samyojak ± Within tractorable distance of target farmers

TRANSACTIONS THROUGH ITC e-CHOUPAL
Sell:-Price discovery @ village, choice, efficiency Knowledge (Customized) Information (e.g., Price Discovery) Transactions Mandi
Choupal Saagar

Farmer

PRODUCT & SERVICE PROVIDERS

Sanchalak Samyojak

VILLAGE

TOWN

PAN-INDIA

MANDI OPERATION PROCESS

Disadvantages:
- Long distances between mandis - Monopolization of information by the trader communities - Fragmented payments by traders to framers

e-CHOUPAL SUPPLY CHAIN

Benefits:
- Able to differentiate between Risks in Farming and Financial risks in Trading [ Possible by correcting the information asymmetry] - Also allows the farmer an enlarged choice set whether he wants to sell to ITC or to the mandi

COSTS
Mandi Chain Choupal Chain

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR ABM MANAGER CHOUPAL SAAGAR
‡ physical infrastructure hub ‡ unique rural hypermarket ‡ set new benchmarks for rural consumers also incorporates farmer facilitation centres ‡ 24 Choupal Saagar hubs are already in operation in 3 states, to grow to 100 . ‡ Managing goods coming from e-houpal

CHOUPAL FRESH
‡ food wholesale and retail ‡ stocking fresh horticulture produce like fresh fruits and vegetables. ‡ Retail manager ‡ Cold chain manager

THESE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE
‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Managing e-Choupal as a channel Managing resources and commodities, Maintaining retail business Trading of the commodities coming out from e-Choupal etc.

OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME ENTREPRENEURS
‡ IIM-A (ABM) student Kaushalendra Kumar started Kaushalendra foundation. ‡ Operating in Bihar ‡ Collecting farmers ‡ Reduce middle man ‡ Beneficial for farmer

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