New agri-tech startup Nile: online marketplace between producers and commercial buyers

Founded in February 2020 by Louis de Kock, Eugene Roodt, and Rick Kleinhans, Nile is an agritech startup that connects vegetable and fruit producers directly with commercial buyers via an accessible online platform.

The platform connects producers with commercial buyers from across South Africa and the continent. As a marketplace that facilitates trades, Nile has a cross-dock distribution hub in Johannesburg.

In an interview with Ventureburn, Louis de Kock, founder of Nile provides insight into the aims of the agritech startup.

“At Nile, we see a future where Africa’s producers can access the markets with the biggest need for their products. By integrating regional food systems, we aim to make nutritious food more accessible to consumers across the continent and beyond.”

The platform allows wholesale buyers to view live prices and availability for a specific product or products from numerous producers. The agritech startup has created transparency and an easy-to-use marketplace that symbiotically benefits both producers and commercial buyers.

The agritech startup has developed a functional digital ecosystem that solves issues relating to food trading, including price discovery, quality verification, payments, and logistics.

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