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eFishery is set to cement its place in India

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Southeast Asia’s leading aquaculture startup, eFishery, has announced the completion of a commercial pilot in India, marking a significant milestone in its plans for global expansion.

eFishery already employs over 50 people in India

The startup is now looking to expand across five more states in India as well as internationally © eFishery

The Indonesia-headquartered firm kicked off the pilot project in March and has now successfully acquired over 1,000 acres of ponds under contract, and distributed more than 3,000 tonnes of feed in Andhra Pradesh, an Indian state contributing to 35 percent of the country’s total aquaculture production. The firm now aims to expand its footprint to five more Indian states by the end of 2024.

Beyond India, eFishery* is eyeing opportunities for one or two countries in Asia and Latin America within a year, while continuing to export shrimp products overseas. The company's global expansion strategy also focuses on tapping into diverse markets, offering a comprehensive ecosystem to farmers, and creating a “digital co-op” model that provides access to high-quality inputs, IoT technologies, production SOPs, and guaranteed market off-take, ultimately empowering farmers and unlocking their true potential.

eFishery CEO and co-founder Gibran Huzaifah explained that India is a key part of the overall growth strategy, which also includes expanding the company footprint in Indonesia and growing in export markets:

“Beginning with the Indian pilot project, I take pride in our global impact, unlocking the potential of aquaculture worldwide through Indonesian-made technology, resulting in a remarkable average two to three-fold increase in farmers' profit. We recognise the potential and value of tapping into the Indian aquaculture market, which mirrors the size and structure of the Indonesian market, both dominated by small and medium farmers. By supporting them as partners, these key contributors to local and regional food security help ensure a sustainable and accessible source of protein for global communities,” he said in a press release.

Indian aquaculture potential

India has a population of 1.4 billion and an aquaculture industry, valued at over $15 billion, which has grown at an impressive >8 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the last three decades. Despite its vast potential, small and medium farmers in India grapple with challenges such as poor market linkage, inconsistent and non-beneficial pricing schemes, delayed payment terms, and a lack of basic farm management information, protocols, technology, and innovation. Addressing these challenges, eFishery steps in to empower farmers to make informed, data-driven decisions promptly. The focus is on refining farm operations, optimising cultivation practices, and enhancing overall yield.

eFishery aims to improve farmers' profits

Focus on farmers' profits

Neil Wendover, eFishery’s international expansion lead, highlighted the company's commitment to enhancing farmers' profitability in every market it enters.

“Our business objectives are centred on solving problems for the farmers and improving profitability through heightened productivity and efficiency. Rather than dividing the aquaculture pie, we are essentially doubling the size,” he said.

"We have grown a dedicated Indian team to 50 employees with strong local leadership in place. This, together with collaborations with government entities and input suppliers, is also instrumental in navigating the unique challenges of the Indian aquaculture sector, which remains a fragmented but vast and exciting market. I am pleased that our strategic efforts have paid off, and we are on track to achieve a 10x growth,” he added.

"Collaboration with the eFishery has been a game-changer for my small farm. Their innovative solutions and support have improved efficiency and enhanced the overall sustainability of my aquaculture operations. eFishery’s continuous aid ensures a successful harvest, preventing the need for a panic harvest due to financial constraints,” shared Veera Nageswar Rao, a fish farmer from Kakinada District and an eFishery partner.

Food security

As the first startup to be valued at over $1 billion in the global aquaculture industry, eFishery’s strategic move into India underscores its commitment to addressing the global hunger problems. “Our presence in India is a crucial step in our international expansion strategy. With a focus on technology and data-driven solutions, eFishery is leading the transformation of aquaculture value chains and contributing to the economic well-being of farmers,” Huzaifah concluded.

*eFishery, like Hatch, is part of Aqua-Spark's investment portfolio, but The Fish Site retains editorial independence.

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