Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Friday said that dedicated cell for agriculture startups is the need of the hour. Earlier, the government was planning to set up a dedicated cell for agriculture startups and small entrepreneurs.
In an interview to CNBC-TV18, Purvi Mehta, head of agriculture, Asia, said, "A large number of startups and credit venture capital companies have come up. However, a very limited amount of startups have gone to agriculture per se."
Mehta said, "Companies that came in the agriculture sector were all predominantly focused on pre-harvest technologies, whether it was various seeds technologies, whether it was fertiliser consumption, bio inputs etc."