Land Accelerator South Asia Cohort 2021
The Land Accelerator South Asia proudly presents the 2021 Cohort in line with the inspiring results from the Cohort 2020. This year, the World Resources Institute India, in collaboration with Sangam Ventures, New Delhi is supporting 58 innovative entrepreneurs across South Asia with grant support from the IKEA Foundation.
Aiming towards a holistic business creation and growth acceleration, the programme will work with these geographically diverse 58 entrepreneurs to cultivate their rewarding restoration solutions. This cohort represents entrepreneurs working in sustainable agriculture, agroforestry, satellite-based crop monitoring, value chains for non-timber forest produce, precision and AI based farming/agritech, drones in forestry and agriculture, aquaculture, clean energy based post-harvest solutions, sustainable bee value chains, eco-friendly planting, packaging materials etc.
In addition to the entrepreneurial support, all the participants will have the opportunity to apply for a Land Accelerator Investment Pack under which the top 15 startups will receive a 3,000 Euro Innovation Grant and an opportunity to showcase their business to Impact Investors towards the completion of the program through our Demo Day initiative.
The Land Accelerator South Asia is designed to foster a unique entrepreneurial eco-system which aims at nurturing these innovative landscape entrepreneurs with dedicated mentorship, technical expertise, marketing and networking solutions, and funding for scaling up. The Land Accelerator South Asia program also aims to develop sustainable and profitable business models for land restoration.
Here is a complete list of companies/startups in the cohort:
Aeroshil Nameirakpam, Nibiaa Devices Pvt.Ltd.
Sector: IoT enabled precision agriculture solution for tea plantation
Nibiaa Devices provides farmers with comprehensive software and hardware packages that are assisted by AI modelling and human expertise in tea plantations in order to help farmers make better purchasing decisions, maximize their crop health, and minimize their environmental footprint.
Suvo Sircar, SNRAS Systems Pvt. Ltd.
SNRAS Systems is an aquaculture technology company which delivers contract inland and indoor-aquaculture farming solutions that have helped increase fish productivity of traditional farmers by up to 30 times and reduce crop mortality by 4 times during culture period.
Prithivi Krishnan, SASA Enviro & Agrotech Pvt Ltd.
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Sector: Tree transplantation and tree ambulance
SASA Enviro and Agrotech offers a wide variety of products and services such as the tree ambulance and tree spade plant health services that help maintain plantations of all sizes. They also offer seed bank and aeroponics construction to support farmers.
Raghu Burli N, GR Agri-tek Labs Pvt Ltd
Sector: Pest management through drones and smart pheromone organogel-based pest traps
GR Agri-tek is developing solutions for farmers and input companies for intelligent pest management on farmlands. Currently two solutions are on offer. First, a drone spraying service to detect pest infestations in the farmland through nanosensors that spray only required amount of pesticide at the required spot; and second, a smart pheromone organogel-based pest trap integrated with AI and ML allowing for real time monitoring and alerts to farmers.
Gaurav Parmar, Orgro Fibre LLP
Sector: Biodegrable planting bags
To address the problem of single-use plastic, Orgro is converting agriculture waste, collected by farmers, to 100% biodegradable grow bags for saplings for nurseries and forestry application of plant/tree plantations. The grow bags consumes 20% less water while sapling (plants) mature and improves plant survival rate by 30%.
Deepak Rajmohan, GreenPod Labs Pvt. Ltd.
Sector: Plant based productss to extend the shelf life of perishables and reduce post-harvest losses.
GreenPod Labs develops solutions to minimise food waste and the resulting economic loss through their unique product made out of natural plant extracts. These extracts activate the inbuilt defense mechanism in fruits and vegetables which slows down the ripening rate and minimizing microbial growth thus, extending the shelf life of fruits and vegetables.
Aimthy Thoumoung, InDev Solutions LLP
Sector: Bamboo value chain development through bio-ethanol production and creating Bamboo Producer Companies
InDev is developing a demand-driven bamboo supply chain in the North East by mobilizing communities of small bamboo producers who will also act as local level enterprises and creating a pathway towards and environmental and livelihood sustainability.
Manoj Raj P A, St. Jude Herbals Private Limited
Sector: Plantopathy: Herbal Solution for all plant diseases
St Jude has developed a one stop unique natural solution called Pantopathy which acts as bio-stimulant in plants and has potential to heal any plant disease thereby eliminating the need for pesticides/chemicals. Apart from improving the soil health the process can also be cost-friendly to farmers. Plantopathy is patent published in India. They are also working on a unique herbal fertilizer called ‘plant foster’, a cost-effective, reliable and safe fertilizer with all essential phyto nutrients and minerals.
Namrata Diwaker, Rayush Natural Fibers Pvt Ltd.
Sector: Developing value chain for vetiver grass by making eco-friendly curtains
Rayush iss developing eco-friendly curtains from vetiver grass and generating sustainable livelihoods for women SHGs in Chattisgarh. Namrata is trying to imprint Bastar tribal art on these vetiver curtains to generate livelihood for the tribal population. They have also applied for domestic and international patent. Vetiver grass is believed to have several soil restoring properties and lab tests are currently underway to understand the environmental impact better. The machinery used for for making the vetiver fabric is also unique, for which the company will fille another patent.
Prem Kumar Vislawath, Seedcopter- Marut Dronetech Pvt. Ltd.
Sector: Drone seed bombing
Marut Drones, through their Seedcopter ensures technology backed, community driven reforestation which makes it sustainable, scalable and inclusive. With Seedcopter, they are using drones to disperse seedballs, that are prepared regionally with the soil and seeds from the forest area itself, by engaging the rural community, in the subscribed area to mimic natural dispersion as much as possible. Through this they ensure minimal foreign elements are introduced into the localities. In the process they also aim to conserve the diversity of tree species, improve biodiversity and raise carbon sequestration.
Michael/Rama Anthony, Earth Analytics India Pvt. Ltd
Sector: Satellite based data generation and mapping of crops and soils to derisk agriculture.
Earth Analytics India is a satellite data analytics company that provides insights to farmers, government and businesses to better manage agricultural risks.
Sudarshan, Mivipro Products Pvt Ltd
Sector: Animal repellent to avoid human animal conflict in agrarian landscape.
MIVIPRO has created a natural, sustainable wildlife repellent that keeps pests out of the fiields and improves soil health and crop growth.
Abhinav Talwar, Vasshin Composites LLP
Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
Sector: Collection and processing of pine needles in the Himalayan ecosystem to manufacture biodegradable value added products.
Vasshin Composites is transforming Himalayan pine needles biomass into durable/biodegradable everyday products. They work with pine needles on an industrial scale and their injection moulding method is highly scalable for creating sustainable products. With a strong focus on empowering the rural mountain people as key stakeholders by creating above baseline economy, they deploy rural populace for targeted handpicking of Himalayan pine needle biomass.
Sidharth Arora, Fermentech Labs Pvt. Ltd.
Sector: Bio-enzymes from agro-Industrial residue
Fermentech Labs is strengthening the circular bio-economy by decomposing agro-industrial wastes/residues and transforming them into value added products with zero wastes and producing high-quality industrial enzymes like Cellulase, Pectinase, Xylanase and Amylase. These enzymes have a wide range of industrial applications.
Aditya Kabra, ZeroPlast Labs Private Limited
Sector: Developing sustainable materials like bioplastics and biocomposite pellets from waste biomass
ZeroPlast Labs is a science-based enterprise, actively working on developing sustainable materials like bioplastics and biocomposite pellets from waste biomass to replace plastics for packaging and the consumer goods industries. The material can be integrated into existing processing machinery and it will serve as a sustainable, affordable, and quality alternative to oil-based plastics.
Vidyut Mohan, Takachar-Himalayan Sustainable Energy Solutions Private Limited
Sector: Waste to wealth: converting crop residues into biochar based fertilizers on site.
Takachar has developed a low-cost, small-scale and portable technology to convert crop residues, that are usually burnt, into biochar based fertilizers on site. They are using technology to decentralize and downsize the fertilizer production process, making it feasible to implement localized fertilizer production in rural areas, while creating village level entrepreneurs.
Prakash Vaghasiya, Vise Organic Innovation Solution Enterprise Pvt Ltd
Sector: DIY bio-fermenter kit for producing bio-fertilizers.
Vise Organics has developed an affordable DIY bio-fermenter kit that can help farmers produce their own bio-fertilizers. Their innovation addresses 2 significant hurdles to the adoption of bio-fertilizers - cost and the short shelf life of existing bio-fertilizers in the market.
Suchita Bhandari and Vikas Rana, Urvara Krsi Private Limited
Sector: Agroforestry and market linkage.
Urvara Krsi is building market-driven ecosystems for farmers to sell their end produce directly to buyers, thereby eliminating middlemen. They have developed R&D centric business models around agroforestry of pulpwood tree plantations, cultivation of native agricultural crops such as spices, medicinal plants and aromatic grass and customized end-to-end project management solutions for state level forest departments and vegetable food processing companies. Urvara Krsi is working towards increasing their farmer network, strengthening R&D and experimenting with new crops.
Dr. Megha Saxena, Eco Char LLP
Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh
Sector: Value chain development for Pine Needles by making make biochar, activated biochar and wood vinegar for livestock feed and organic soil amendment.
Ecochar is engaging women in Uttarakhand for collection of pine needles and utilizing it to make biochar, activated biochar and wood vinegar for livestock feed and organic soil amendment. Eco Char is helping reduce forest fires and by converting pine needles into biochar, is reducing fertilizer, irrigation, pesticide consumption for the farmers and thus, increasing their incomes.
Rakesh Mahanty, Brook N Bees- Mahanty Agri Ventures Pvt Ltd.
Sector: Community forestry, eco-labelling and sustainable farming practices.
Brook n Bees is working to bridge the gap between urban and rural communities and make farming a more sustainable livelihood by providing training and guidance on sustainable farming practices and farm design alongside marketing and community forestry initiatives to protect biodiversity and land health.
Samidha Bansal, Green Karma and Associates LLP
Sector: Non-electronic organic waste composting solutions for homes, communities and corporates.
Green Karma is a social impact company that offers non-electronic organic waste composting solutions for homes, communities and corporates. They are working towards a world with zero food wastage and decentralized wet waste management. Unlike electronic composters, their non-electronic composters are more environment friendly, saves electricity, saves frequent breakdowns and creates healthy compost.
Nandini Mehrotra, TFEWC Pvt Ltd
Sector: Mangrove conservation and restoration.
Tech for Wildlife is a hub for the application and research of cutting-edge technology to make conservation more efficient, safe, and cost-effective by using fleets of aerial and submersible drones alongside geospatial data analysis. They produce detailed area surveys and interactive maps and dashboards wherever needed. They are presently working for Mangrove conservation and restoration in Panjim, Goa by deploying these technologies.
Dr.Nagaveni Aspalli, Aspalli Green Sustainable Ecosystem Pvt Ltd
Sector: Seed womb, seed balls for afforestation by engaging with local communities and forest departments.
Aspalli Greens has developed ‘seed wombs’ that hold and nourish seeds, aiding efficient germination, robust growth and protects the seed until it is able to self-sustain. Seed wombs are first ready to use scientific product globally to grow all varieties of plants and trees. It is a patent pending product which can be used across all kinds of terrain to regenerate forests. These forests, in turn rejuvenate water bodies, reduce temperature and pollution levels creating clean green and healthy ecosystems
Dr. Madhurita Gupta, BEE City India
Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
Sector: Value chain for bees and addressing elephant conflict in Western Ghats.
Bee City India is marketing elephant friendly raw honey from the Western Ghats under their "Madhuvan" brand. This social impact enterprise is working in villages covering 200 Ha in Western Ghats to address human - elephant conflict by installing bee hive fences that not only act as a tool for farmers to co-exist with elephants but also add to their income. Rearing of bees in the natural environment also helps in pollination and the conservation of biodiversity.
Dr. Mohammad Azam, Patalkot Tribe Solutions LLP
Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh
Sector: Mahua seed decorticator: machine for the tribal people of Chhindwara district of MP.
Patalkot Tribe Solutions LLP has developed a technology that can easily remove rind from mahua seeds and get kernels, in preparation for further processing (extraction of oil) which is otherwise a very laborious and time consuming process. The Mahua seed decorticator is designed to be manually or power operated (1 hp electric AC motor) making it suitable for rural areas.
Satyaprakash Dev Pandey, Sonanchal Aroma Pvt Ltd
Sonebhadra, Uttar Pradesh
Sector: Value chain development for Vetiver grass by extracting essential oils and restoring degraded farmlands.
Sonanchal is working on developing value chain of Vetiver grass in the central Indian region by extracting essential oil and working with small holder farmers in Vetiver cultivation and processing. This helps restore degraded land as Vetiver has land restoration properties and at the same time creating sustainable livelihoods for the small holder farmers and tribals in the Sonbhadra region.
Aneeshan Tyagarajah, Urban Agri (Pvt.) Ltd
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Sector: High tech vertical farming
This Sri Lankan company has developed high-tech climate controlled indoor vertical farms to address the challenges of shortage of agricultural land, food and nutritional security, chemical application during cultivation. Their wide range of fresh greens is available across leading retailers in the country. Through the use of cutting edge technology, they have built a farm that is climate resilient and highly resource efficient, with the highest standards in food safety and traceability.
Haripyari, SP Foods
Sector: Bamboo shoot based food processing value chain.
SP Foods is the manufacturer and wholesaler of Soibum, fermented bamboo shoot from Manipur. They are developing the value chain for processed bamboo shoots by employing the tribes who live in and around the forest to pluck fresh bamboo shoots without cutting the trees . They follow the traditional method of fermenting bamboo shoots which doesn't require the addition of any fermenting agents/chemicals thereby reducing water and soil pollution. With the vision of empowering women making them self- reliant and independent they want to position the indigenous foods of Manipur in the local as well as global market.
Ashwini, Suryanirbhar Agritech LLP
Sector: Solar powered farm equipment, mainly for weeding.
Suryanirbhar Agritech provides easy-to-use machines powered by solar panels that can perform multiple tasks like de-weeding, tilling, ridging, nipping, reaping etc with the help of multiple attachments. They focus on providing solutions that are both economically and environmentally sustainable for small holder farmers and farm laborers. They want to empower women farmers and laborers by building simple, low-power agri-implements that increases their efficiency by more than 80%.
Anuja Duklan, Suraitech Innovations LLP
Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand
Sector: Value chain development for Euphorbia royleana in the Himalayan foothills by extracting Shilajit.
Suraitech manufactures herbal products, mainly Shilajit and essential oils from Euphorbia royleana plants by the application of biotechnology processes on its latex, in the Himalayan foothills of Uttarakhand. Suraitech is growing 5,000 Euphorbia royleana plants over 5 hectares of barren and degraded land, creating sustainable land restoration and livelihood opportunities for local farmers. The latex is extracted by a small cut on the stem of plants, which recover in due course of time. There is no air and water pollution during the processing.
Rahul Saria, Nimblegrowth Consultancy Services Pvt Ltd
Sector: Consultancy for organic farming, package of practices and market linkage.
Nimble Growth works with anetwork of over 200 farmers to provide organic, sustainably grown produce to consumers and to support those farmers with technology and advice to maximize their growth and minimize environmental and financial costs.
Gagan Deep K V, Frozenhive
Sector: Solar powered cold chain solution: Multi-purpose solar cold rooms
Frozenhive is working to provide custom designed, multipurpose solar powered cold rooms providing affordable storage solutions for Indian farmers. These cold stores and ripening chambers for fruits and vegetables, available at affordable prices aim to support small and marginal farmers by helping them get the right price of their produce by extending the shelf life and quality of produce.
Srinivas Vemula, Samhitha Agrotech Solutions Pvt Ltd.
Sector: E-commerce aggregation platform for farmers.
Green Farm Market connects farmers directly to consumers by providing a digital marketplace that allows farmers to save money on traditional marketing techniques and waste less product in transport.
Ajitesh Panigrahi, Aurum Consulting LLP
Sector: Sustainable forestry, sustainable fuel wood, non-timber forest produce, reforestation.
Aurum Consulting works on rapid forest regeneration programs, land restoration, landfill reclaimation, and AI enabled livelihood integration with agroforestry and forest picking. The services and products are directed exclusively towards tribal women engaged in production of NTFP (Non-timber Forest Produce). They are currently focused on maximizing the restoration program through crowdfunding and community based approach only.
Ankita Garg, Precify Erut-Lucriga Private Limited
Sector: Smart farming using IoT sensors
Precify provides agricultural advice and technology to help farmers make data-driven decisions about weather and pests in agriculture and to manage resources such as water and fertilizer use efficiently to minimize environmental impact.
Sonia Sharma, Agriyoda Innovations Pvt Limited
Sector: Bio agriculture, blockchain traceability and coffee trading platform
CoffeeTrace is an online platform that helps coffee value chain actors build and demonstrate 'responsible' and 'transparent' value chains. With a mission is to make coffee production and consumption more humane, Agriyoda works with bulk coffee buyers in the global north and helps them build a roadmap for sustainable value chains. Their technology supports traceability of the coffee to the grower and a two way flow of information and funds to collectively restore 'responsible' production.
Charanpreet SIngh, SoilHackers
Sector: Robotic weeding solutions for Indian farmlands.
Soilhackers has built an AI-powered robot that automates the weeding process and ensures zero soil damage or carbon emissions, significantly reducing operational and ecological costs for both smalholder and large-scale farmers.
Perin, Farvestors Agri Villages (P) Ltd.
Sector: Agri-tourism through forest farmlands
Farvestors is cultivating and maintaining scenic forest farmlands in order to provide consumers with optimized, healthy farm plots and natural resorts to bolster the agri-tourism industry.
Avijeet Singh, Prakshep Pvt Ltd
Sector: Data driven, satellite based monitoring technology for farms, precision farming etc.
Prakshep is helping global farmers in building climate-smart agriculture and improved land management by providing data, infrastructure and people to agribusinesses. From large enterprises to startups, businesses of all sizes use Prakshep’s deep learning APIs to monitor farms, machines and people through their core products like live autonomous surveillance hardware and data science services.
Asutosh Nayak , Koel Fresh Pvt Ltd
Sector: Post harvest solutions for strengthening agriculture supply chains.
Koel Fresh works with farmers and farmer associations to provide post-harvest solutions including market linkage, adoptable storage solutions and value addition.
Azhar Muhammed N R, Heylyx Humboldt Pvt.Ltd.
Sector: Maintaining water quality of indoor Aquaculture through their product Aqualyx.
Smart farming and IOT based services are their main operations along with custom technical product manufacturing. Aqualyx is the main IoT based fish farming equipment developed by Heylyx Humboldt. It is a large scale water quality detection and regulating system, which is developed for the fish farming sector. It constantly and remotely monitors and regulates ion concentration, pH levels and overall quality of water leading to the production of very healthy fish. It considerably reduces the need for frequently changing water, as it maintains a steady water quality, thereby reducing water wastage and pollution.
Ankit Pratap Singh, Herbino Innovative Agro Pvt. Ltd.
Sector: Hemp based value added products
Ankit is an early stage entrepreneur working towards developing a sustainable value chain in Jharkhand by manufacturing hemp based eco-friendly fabrics and enabling hemp growers get a market place and better prices for their crops.
Ayush Nigam, Distinct Horizon Pvt. Ltd.
Sector: Mechanically efficient fertiliser applicators to reduce excessive chemical application in soil and associated negative impact.
Distinct Horizon has invented a series of tractor-driven machines that work in tandem to efficiently create and place fertilizer briquettes, increasing farmer profits and reducing dependency on chemical fertilizers and the risk of overuse.
Abhijith Padukana, Dr.Mushroom Agro Tech Private Limited
Sector: Waste to mushroom to bioplastic.
Dr. Mushroom seeks to address food security needs by providing the equipment and training necessary to grow protein-rich mushrooms in areas with little agricultural space, such as urban environments.
Bunkim Chadha & Srinivas K Marella, Renetssa Sustainable Technologies Pvt Ltd
Sector: Sustainable energy services leveraging non timber forest produce likePine needles.
They aim to create sustainable value chain interventions leveraging the Pine forests ecosystem in Himachal and Uttarakhand to benefit small holders and forest communities by providing them access to renewable energy services backed by the right technology.
Shailie Mehta, Acacia Eco Plantation Services LLP
Sector: Ecological regreening of cities through urban forest projects
Acacia Eco is working to create urban forests and plantations using modern, tested techniques such as the Miyawaki Method to fight climate change and improve health and well-being in cities.
Om Prakash, OaKInnovatica Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
Sector: IOT based real-time farm tracking.
OaKInnovatica provides advanced technological advice and equipment to address the energy and agricultural needs of farmers and industrial producers through services such as solar panel installation, hardware and software monitoring suites, and data analysis.
Hansraj Khairnar, Khairnar Agri Clinic and Services
Sector: Agri-clinic and Andriod based mobile application to calculate chemical inputs.
Agrikanti simplifies the material purchasing process for farmers through an app that calculates exactly what kind and how much fertilizer will be needed for any kind of farming operation, bringing down input costs, thereby effectively increasing the farmer’s income.
Jayesh Raninga, Green Cross Agritech Pvt ltd
Sector: Organic agrochemicals
Green Cross uses organic agrochemicals to reduce excess usage of chemical fertilizers and poisons. They aim to increase the productivity of soil through their state of art product range formulated with the help of nanotechnology. The combination of nanotechnology and routine inputs makes helps provide maximum yield to farmers, besides improving soil health.
Dr. Rajul Patkar, Proximal Soilsens Technologies Pvt Ltd
Sector: Irrigation optimisation and soil testing equipment with nutrient check meter.
SoilSens provides optimized sensor-based irrigation solutions to farmers and corporates to make the agriculture sector profitable and sustainable by improving the crop yield through efficient usage of water. Through their innovative products, irrigation can be automated (via mobile-based motor controller) or can be manual. They are developing SoilSens lab-on-a-farm equipment which will provide instant results for micronutrients at a very affordable cost.
Doddappa S Nisty, Minds Solvit Private Limited
Sector: Tree plantation and Moringa value chain.
MindsSolvIt advises clients on the best ways to plan and integrate technology into a wide variety of animal and plant-based initiatives, with inventions focusing on the Moringa tree and its by-products such as oils and seeds.
Dr.Himansha Singh and Shubham Singh, Craste - FuMa Labs Private Limited
Sector: Crop residue management by manufacturing eco-friendly packaging and construction material.
Craste converts agricultural waste into materials for packaging and with furniture applications and share the additional revenues with farmers. They offer high quality sustainable packaging products and eco-friendly particle boards made from the agri-waste. Through these innovations, Craste wants to transform the environmental issue of crop residue burning into a socio-economic opportunity.
Rinku, Natures Adora LLP
Sector: Green landscape design consultancy services
Through their qualified team of designers, environmentalists, horticulturists and contractors, Natures Adora provides a full range of landscape design consultancy services and have undertaken projects throughout India and abroad in landscape ddevelopment, nursery management, training and management programs.
Supratim, Pratyaksha Agrotech Pvt. Ltd.
Sector: Tissue culture based plant propagation and extraction of phytochemicals
By providing farmers with its pioneering tissue culture plants of different varieties and sharing the knowledge of agricultural science, Pratyaksha strives to reinvent the contract farming and R&D model. They provide bamboo, potato and banana plants raised through tissue culture for commercial propagation and value chain development.
Hardik Joshi, HoneyVeda - Harisons Venture Pvt Ltd
Sector: Natural honey and developing indigenous Bee value chain
HoneyVeda provides pure ‘Hive To Home’ honey using a natural process that helps the crops, farmers, and honey bees, flourish. Started in 2016, this venture is aimed at bringing natural honey back into our daily lifestyle. To achieve this, they aim to create an ecosystem where the bees get a healthy environment to produce honey, farmers get better yield and crops get pollinated and everyone gets pure, raw honey.
Suresh S R, Bhoomi Agri Ventures
Sector: Areca leather based value added eco-friendly products.
Bhoomi Agri Ventures is an eco friendly establishment committed towards making biodegradable Areca products to be sold in both domestic and international markets. They are well known manufacturers, exporters and suppliers of Areca palm products.
Naveen Gv, nGV Natural Industry Pvt Ltd
Sector: Banana plant residue (waste trunk) to value added processed products.
nGV Natural is working towards converting waste to wealth. They process banana stems and tender jackfruit that are wasted on farmland into ready to cook products. Their value addition process creates zero waste, as leftovers from the food process are used for composting.
Dekha Rao, Brahma Strategies Pvt Ltd
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Sector: Restoring land through intercropping and agroforestry based interventions.
Brahma Strategies started restoring small parcels of land through forestry and agroforestry based interventions in around 5 hectares of land. They are developing strategies for inter cropping of cocoa in areca plantations.