These agritech startups are ploughing fertile ground in Southeast Asia

The leverage of agritech in Southeast Asia’s traditional agriculture sector is boosting efficiency, profitability, and yield.

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The agricultural industry in ASEAN seems well placed to capitalize on the region’s burgeoning agritech development. The adoption of modern technology in agriculture and related industries is boosting efficiency, profitability, and yield.

In Southeast Asia, an estimated 16% of land is used for agricultural purposes. This has provided significant opportunities for the region to introduce innovation into the industry. Enter the startups into the industry.

Throughout the region, agritech is having an impact. Even Singapore, despite its relatively small landmass and lack of agriculture industry, is seeing the impact of the disruption.

However, are there opportunities being missed? We explored four startups that are making waves in agritech to help our readers dive into the sector.

Demeter, Vietnam

According to a recent e27 article, Demeter, named after the Greek Goddess of farming and agriculture, was founded in 2017 by Pham Ngoc Anh Tung.

This Internet of Things (IoT)-based startup uses automation to get rid of human involvement. The service is aimed at helping farmers with management work, maintaining productivity, and product quality.

The software and hardware product controls most of the agriculture process including pumps, irrigation systems, micro-climate control systems, drones, weather stations, camera systems, and sensor systems. It also is connected to storage, including processing and data analysis, turning data into insights on the cloud.

Impact Terra, Myanmar

This mobile solution for Myanmar’s farmers, agribusinesses and other agricultural stakeholders aims to improve the livelihoods of the rural population and improve food security and safety.

The app provides users with an easy-to-use visual interface and real-time and targeted content such as weather forecast, input product prices, crop market prices, product information, farming best practices, news, risk announcements, financing, and many more.

Agribuddy. Cambodia

Agribuddy is a Cambodian mobile app for farmers to create collective intelligence by connecting the ecosystem. This includes farmers, agricultural traders, and reproachers, bringing them together to solve problems the sector faces.

According to its website, they have over 20,000 users of their app just in Cambodia.

Glife, Singapore

This Singaporean startup provides a farm-to-table platform and seeks to redefine end-to-end agricultural food supply chain. The startup has over 150 local F&B businesses connected directly with farmers within their ecosystem for fresh produce needs.

Glife is aiming to connect consumers, communities & merchants through their platform. By providing these technology-driven solutions as well as offline support, they are aiming to become the one-stop green lifestyle solution hub for the region.

This article first appeared on Tech Collective.