Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.’s Farm Equipment Sector (FES) on Monday (20 March) announced that it has completed the acquisition of a stake in MITRA Agro Equipments Private Limited (M.I.T.R.A) to increase its shareholding from the existing 47.33 per cent to 100 per cent, making it a wholly owned subsidiary of Mahindra.
As part of this acquisition, Mahindra fully bought out Omnivore’s stake in the business.
Founded in 2012 by Devneet Bajaj, M.I.T.R.A is the Indian market leader in high precision orchard sprayers and a trusted brand for farmers growing fruits like grapes, pomegranate and oranges, the company said in a statement.
The company has more than tripled its revenue from FY18 to FY22 and now employs over 200 people and has successfully started exporting its products globally.
Post-acquisition by Mahindra, M.I.T.R.A plans to accelerate the expansion of its product portfolio alongside its network in India and overseas markets.
M.I.T.R.A was an early entrant in the then-nascent Indian agritech start-up ecosystem.
Omnivore, a venture capital firm that pioneered agritech investing in India, was one of its first institutional investors.
M.I.T.R.A understood farmer needs and aspirations and built machines to automate labour-intensive farm jobs and save resources.
Hemant Sikka, President of the Farm Equipment Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., said, “Mahindra aims to grow its farm machinery business by 10x in 5 years and is making rapid progress towards achieving this goal. The additional share purchase in M.I.T.R.A would aid Mahindra’s growth and expansion into the growing horticulture market.”
Dev Bajaj, Founder of M.I.T.R.A, said, “After eleven years of building a passionate team, more than ten innovative products, and a radical rural sales strategy, the journey of exiting M.I.T.R.A to M&M is gratifying. I am thankful to the M.I.T.R.A team and Omnivore for staunchly backing the vision of improving Indian agriculture with innovation.”
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