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18th March 2019

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Agri-tech startup TartanSense raises Rs 15 crore from investors

Agriculture robotics startup TartanSense has raised Rs 15 crore from Omnivore Partners, Blume Ventures, and BEENEXT, indicating rising investor interest in deep technology startups that are addressing large untapped opportunities in Indian agriculture - a sector that occupies 60% of land but contributes to only 15% of GDP. 

Other investors in the round include Dileep George, co-founder of Silicon Valley based Vicarious AI, backed by Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, GreyOrange co-founders Akash Gupta and Samay Kohli, and Kush Jawahar from Featherlite. 

Bangalore-based TartanSense is developing robots for small farms, leveraging AI-assisted computer vision and robotics to build precision sprayers. These robots can detect diseased plants and weeds, and precisely spray on the targeted plant, saving costs and leaving less chemical residue on fruits and vegetables consumed. The company will partner with local agents/businesses to offer the robot as a service for farmers. 

“We are democratizing technology to small farm holders that has historically been available to large farms in the west by focusing on affordability and portability,” said Jaisimha Rao, Founder and CEO of TartanSense, adding that the business has the ability to improve farmer economics by as much as 10 times. 

India is one of the most attractive agriculture markets in the world with 156 million hectares of arable land - the largest in the world as per World Bank, with 86% of farms in India measuring less than 2 hectares. 

“We are firm believers that Indian deeptech can scale globally, and there are limitless possibilities for agricultural applications,” said Karthik Reddy, Managing Partner at Blume Ventures. 

TartanSense plans to use this capital to scale up its first product, BrijBot, which is a weed

spraying robotic solution for smallholder cotton farmers, aiming to reduce weeding costs by up to 70%. 

“The next feature which will be added to the robot will be automated harvesting where a robotic solution can help with quick and timely harvesting of the crop,” said Rao, who spent six years on Wall Street at BlackRock, before founding TartanSense. Rao holds a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

13th March 2019

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