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BASIX Krishi Samruddhi Ltd (BASIX KRISHI), a BASIX Group company, is incorporated under the Companies Act 1956 on 26th April 2010.
BASIX’s experiences, while providing Ag/BDS services through BSFL, were received very well by half a million satisfied customers. Keeping in view the encouraging results and potential demand showing up for Ag/BDS services, BASIX KRISHI is evolved for strengthening and scaling up of the services beyond BSFL areas.
The idea of the new entity - BASIX KRISHI is to create a supply chain for mainstream agro-commodities, based on environmentally and socially friendly production. The services cover from sowing to procurement: starting with soil testing to vermicomposting, local value addition, risk mitigation and alternate market linkages; implying that all these services along the value chain have to meet environmental and social standards. The variety of services involved makes it necessary that BASIX KRISHI involve multiple service providers as a consortium in a collaborative mode.
With first branch at Bagalkot, Karnataka, BASIX KRISHI subsequently opened another four branches – Raichur and Gulbarga in Karnataka and Mahabubnagar and Wanaparthy in Andhra Pradesh. As a part of our endeavor to build trust and credibility with farmers, we have established valuable collaborations with various government institutions. Following are the highlights of our on-going initiatives:
Board of Directors:
Mr. Vijay Mahajan is the Founder and Chairman of the BASIX Group. Vijay is a distinguished alumnus of both the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (1970-75) and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (1979-81) and was a mid-career fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public International Affairs, Princeton University, USA. Vijay co-founded Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN) in 1983, Sa-Dhan in 1998, Andhra Pradesh Mahila Abhivrudhi Society (APMAS) in 2000 and Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN) in 2009. In 1995, Vijay conceptualised BASIX as a “new generation livelihood promotion institution” and it was set up in mid 1996. Vijay served on the Rangarajan Committee on Financial Inclusion and the Raghuram Rajan Committee on Financial Sector Reforms. Vijay co-authored a book “The Forgotten Sector” and has written over 75 articles. Vijay serves on the Boards of major Indian development organisations and has been a member of various committees set up by Government and Regulatory institutions. Vijay is the Chair of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), a global microfinance forum, comprising nearly 40 bilateral, multilateral and foundations in development. Close
Mr Sanga Amarnath is a graduate in Science and Bachelor of Law from Osmania University. Mr Amarnath started his career in the year 1970 as Sales Supervisor in Sarabhai Chemicals, then moved to ITC Ltd and then to ITC Agro Tech where he gained expertise in commodities sales, procurement and marketing. Mr Amarnath was with BASIX as a Consultant and his first assignment on Groundnut intervention was successful. In Adilabad, he set the ground for cotton intervention with the farmers implementing IPM practices and in the process, he was instrumental in developing Koutla-B MACTS. While Mr Amarnath’s association with BASIX, he assumed different roles including the first Managing Director of the Company and Group Vice President, Agriculture/Business Development Services (AgBDS) and has been successfully steered growth year-over-year in Agriculture and Business Development Services business, defining and ensuring customer satisfaction through customized services”. Close
Mr. B L Parthasarathy holds M.Sc. (Agriculture) from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University TNAU and Post-Graduation Diploma in Management (PGDM) from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. Mr Parthasarathy is an expert in the field of rural development, rural finance and microfinance. Mr Parthasarathy has earlier worked with Syndicate Bank, Action Aid, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and BASIX. Mr Parthasarathy was also the Managing Director of Krishna Bhima Samruddhi Local Area Bank Ltd, a subsidiary of BASIX from the year 2005 to 2008. Mr. Parthasarathy is currently functioning as the Managing Director of BASIX Consulting and Training Services. Close
Dr. Sankar Datta is a Professor of Livelihood Initiatives in the Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. Sankar worked in various capacities in the BASIX group, including heading Indian Grameen Services and the Livelihood School. Sankar was in MP Oilseeds Coop Federation, PRADAN, IIM-Ahmedabad, and IRMA, before joining the founding team of BASIX. Sankar has been involved in extending professional services for rural development activities, specially focusing on livelihood support/ promotion, working with micro-enterprises, for over two decades. Sankar was a Member of Task Force on Livelihoods constituted by Planning Commission (Rural Development Division) and a Member in the Consortium for Management Training for NRLM. Sankar is a member of the Advisory Council of Centre for Management in Agriculture, of IIM-Ahmedabad. Sankar has a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and Animal Husbandry and holds a post graduate diploma in Rural Management. Dr Datta did his PhD in Economics. Close
Mr Pravinchandra Shivaram Dravid a Graduate of B.Tech (Hon.) in Agricultural Engineeering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1972 and was awarded Presidents Silver Medal and First Rank in the Batch. Mr Dravid has completed Certificate Program for Management in Agriculture from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in 1973 and got first rank in the Batch. Mr Dravid has over 39 years of experience in various capacities and functional areas viz. general management, sales & marketing, production, HR etc.. Currently, Mr Dravid is working as the President – Business Planning & Corporate Affairs, Krishidhan Group of Companies, Pune. Mr Dravid is guiding and managing the Corporate Affairs and overall business apart from guiding overseas projects which are important for the Krishidhan from the point of view of future growth & profitability. Prior to this, Mr Dravid worked with JK Agri Genetics Ltd, Nath Seeds Ltd, Maharashtra, Maharashtra Agro Industries Development, Maharashtra State Seeds Corporation Ltd, Vidarbha Quality Seeds Ltd and Mayco Ltd. He is appointed as the Additional Director of BASIX Krishi Samruddhi Ltd on February 1, 2012. Close
Dr Sudha Nair is a microbiologist and obtained her doctorate from the University of Madras in the year 1991. Dr Nair has eighteen years of work experience in taking the benefits of Science & Technology for sustainable rural development and livelihoods and has played a significant role in policy formulations for women in Science, Engineering and Technology. Dr Nair is currently an independent development consultant and a former Senior Director of M S Swaminathan Research Foundation. Dr Nair serves on various committees at the National (Department of Science &Technology, and Department of Biotechnology) and International (Member Executive Board Organization of Women Scientists for the Developing World, Advisory member of the Regional Office Asia Pacific Region, UNESCO and Member Gender Advisory Board, UNCSTD) to promote equality for Women in Science and in taking the benefits of Science to Women. She is appointed as the Additional Director of BASIX Krishi Samruddhi Ltd on February 1, 2012. Close
Mr Siddharth Tata has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, where he was awarded the Shankar Dayal Sharma prize for excellence. Siddharth joined Acumen in September 2010 to further develop the Agriculture Portfolio in India. In his last role at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he worked with non-profit organizations to help build programs in the areas of dairy development, watershed management, and creating market linkages to improve incomes of farmers in India. Previously, as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company’s Mumbai office, Siddharth advised clients in the retail, IT, and financial services industries. Siddharth has also assisted a Mumbai-based investment firm on its agriculture investment strategy and helped launch a turnaround program for coffee washing stations in Rwanda as a volunteer consultant with TechnoServe. Siddharth was appointed as the Nominee Director of the BASIX Krishi Samruddhi Limited on April 7, 2012. Close
Mr. Arijit Dutta is the Managing Director of BASIX Krishi Samruddhi Ltd. Arijit has over 25 years of experience in the development sector with reputed national and international organizations. Arijit’s key skills include programme design, implementation and evaluation, and analysis of policies and institutional strategies in rural livelihoods, institutional development, micro finance and natural resource management. Arijit has been instrumental in experimenting business correspondent model with various banks and technology service providers, as part of BASIX Group initiative on financial inclusion. The different experiments being tried out, which resulted in enhancing the understanding and the skill sets to make the model a viable and feasible instrument of increasing financial services outreach. Arijit has been exposed to both working with cutting edge workers as well as senior and policy level professionals and institutions. Arijit studied Agricultural sciences and also attended the international training program on microfinance organised by Boulder Institute. Arijit also spearheaded the team for Study and design of irrigation finance with special emphasis on small & marginal farmers; Promoting large networks of Soy Producers. Close
Mr. Karamcheti Prabhakar is an Independent Director. He is an Engineering Graduate with Post Graduation from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. In a professional career spanning over 40 years, he was the Managing Director at Hunter Douglas (I) Pvt Ltd. For about nine years prior to which worked as General Manager at Bakelite Hylam Ltd and Novopan India Ltd. He is working as an Independent Consultant on Marketing Programs and has been an Advisor to BASIX for about three years. Close
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