The government is committed to promote the use of additional farm machinery in the coming years to achieve improvement in awareness about diverse utilisation of mechanisation and credit support so that access to latest technologies is not a constraint, Parshottam Rupala, Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India, today said in New Delhi.
Speaking at ‘EIMA AGRIMACH 2019’, organised by FICCI, jointly with Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Rupala said, tractors dominate the Indian farm mechanisation market and only 10-15 percent is contributed by rest of the farming equipment.
“This is due to lack of information about the advantages in using other equipment and practices in terms of productivity and yield, and operative challenges,” said Rupala.
He added that capacity building of local manufacturers in terms of quality and production would not only produce better equipment but also let them gain access to a larger market.
He pointed out that sustainable mechanisation technologies need to be developed and promoted to address the challenges associated with crop residue burning.
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Addressing the gathering, Ashwani Kumar, Joint Secretary, (Seeds, Mechanization & Technology), Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare said, in order to support small manufacturers at the district level, the government is providing training to these manufacturers so that they can also access and benefit from the latest technology.
Highlighting the India-Italy trade relations, Alessandro Liberatori, Trade Commissioner, Italian Trade Agency said, India and Italy have strong bilateral trade relations and more and more Italian companies are investing in India, especially in the agriculture sector. He added that Italy would focus on developing newer customised technologies and support the Indian agriculture sector.
Speaking on the growing mechanisation in agriculture, GS Grewal, Member, FICCI National Agriculture Committee, and Senior VP, Kubota Agricultural Machinery said, mechanisation in India is growing rapidly but we still have a long way to go. “It is time that we move from ‘tractorisation’ to ‘mechanisation’.”
Alessandro Malavolti, President, FEDERUNACOMA, Italy said that mechanisation is not only important to increase productivity but it is also important to combat the problems of climate change.
The three-day exhibition, being organised at the campus of Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) during 5-7 December is expected to witness over 300+ exhibitions, 350+ international buyers along with 20,000+ farmer delegation.