Centre promotes affordable access to farm machinery at farmers’ doorsteps

In order to make available costly and bigger advance farm machinery at the door steps of the farmers on rent basis, custom hiring centres (CHC) are promoted through a dedicated scheme, Sub Mission on Agricultural Mechanization (SMAM); under which subsidy is provided of 40 percent of the project cost to individual farmer upto a project cost of Rs. 60 lakh and 80 percent to the group of farmers up to a project cost of Rs. 10 lakh. A special consideration for the farmers of North Eastern Region (NER) is available, 95 percent subsidy upto a project cost of Rs. 10 lakh is provided to group of NER farmers for establishment of custom hiring centres. For establishment of hi-tech and hi-value agricultural machinery CHC, assistance of 40 percent of the project cost to individual farmer upto a project cost of Rs.250 lakh is provided, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar said in Rajya Sabha Friday.

To address air pollution due to crop burning, a new central scheme on ‘Promotion of Agricultural Mechanization for In-Situ Management of Crop Residue in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and NCT of Delhi’ (CRM) for the period from 2018-19 to 2019-20 has been launched. Under the scheme to establish custom hiring of in-situ crop residue management machinery a financial assistance of 80 percent of the project cost is provided to the farmers, Tomar added.

The government has developed and launched multi lingual Mobile App “CHC Farm Machinery” which helps the farmers for getting rented farm machinery and implements through custom hiring service centers (CHC) in their area. As on date, 44,607 CHCs with 139,319 agricultural machinery for renting out are registered on this Mobile app. Total 114,461 farmers as users are registered on this Mobile App, the minster further said.

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