About Us

Jal Agro pioneered the exotic vegetables market in Mumbai nearly 60 years ago.

The journey began in the year 1945-46 when Pune-based farmer Arjunrao Ladkat started cultivating English vegetables (as they were called back then) at the request of his British employers after his retirement from the Royal Indian Air Force.

Having evolved from cultivation to trading, Jal Agro today supplies over 30 different varieties of exotic vegetables and herbs to restaurants, hotels, ship chandlers and caterers across Mumbai.


The Team

Jitendra Arjunrao Ladkat- Director

Having lent the company his name, Jitendra Ladkat has worked relentlessly for 41 years to strengthen Jal Agro and enhance consumer experience. During the formative years of the business, Jitendra spent a large portion of his time, travelling to different parts of the world as well as the country to procure seeds of various varieties of exotic vegetables and expand Jal Agro’s product offering.

He can be credited with introducing broccoli, to the Mumbai market. When he’s not selling vegetables he likes to go traipsing in the Himalayas to unwind himself.

Rutuja Vandana- Director

Daughter of Jitendra Ladkat, Rutuja has grown up seeing the refrigerator in the house perpetually stocked with seeds of exotic vegetables. A commerce graduate, Rutuja has pursued an MBA in Communication Management from Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication.

She has worked as a public relations consultant with Adfactors PR, Mumbai for a year across sectors such as education, chemicals, marketing technology and real-estate before finally taking the plunge into business.

After having dabbled with entrepreneurship for two and half years during her graduation, Rutuja has already manifested her business skills and in her current role is helping to expand the product line and bring in technology to help the business adapt to contemporary market needs.