Experts discuss innovations in agricultural mechanization

At an ongoing two day conference in Delhi, the prominent scientists and policy experts are discussing the importance of developing linkage among R&D Institutes, industry and farmers

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Mr Radha Mohan Singh addressing at the inauguration of the Conference on Innovations in Agricultural Mechanization, in New Delhi on July 07, 2016.

New Delhi: The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Mr Radha Mohan Singh inaugurated two-day Conference on “Innovations in Agricultural Mechanization – Development of linkage among R&D Institutes – Industry – Farmers” on July 07 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

During the plenary session, the eminent personalities in the field of agricultural mechanization presented the latest innovations and technological development in the agricultural machinery and equipment. The national innovation foundation has stressed upon the need for standardization of grass root technologies developed by the rural innovators and artisans. The technology developed in the R&D systems of ICAR and private sectors have been shown to the farmers and the Government officials for their promotion and popularization.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Singh congratulated Agricultural Engineers and Scientists of the country who have contributed a great for increasing the productivity of farm produce through mechanization. In his inaugural address the Union Minister emphasized that agricultural mechanization is essential for agricultural modernization and accordingly its benefits need to be extended to all categories of farmers in each agro-climatic zones of the country. Mr Singh also stressed upon the need to transfer the latest technology to the farmers so that their income may be doubled by way of reducing the cost of cultivation and increasing production.

Mr Singh has requested to all the manufacturers to come forward for the commercialization of technology so that the appropriate technology may reach to the farmers to benefit them. The Union Minister has stressed upon the need for saving the water and the mantra “per drop, more crop”.

During the inaugural address, the minister emphasized on the establishment of four new Farm Machinery Training & Testing Institutes in the Bihar, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. The Union Minister has also informed about the initiatives taken by his Government by which the farmers of the country have been benefited especially Pradhan Mantri Gram Sinchayee Yojana; Solar Pumping Set System; Soil Health Cards etc. Shri Radha Mohan Singh also advised to adopt the technologies in agriculture which can save the water and thereby increase the profitability. However, most of our business due to small land holdings, using compatible equipment is not economically advantageous. Enable custom hiring centers for agriculture to farmers through agricultural machinery are available, and it is a good effort. He has released the book namely “Farm Mechanization in India – The Custom Hiring Perspective” on this occasion.

The Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, Mr S K Pattanayak extended his heartfelt welcome to the gathering and in his key note address he stressed upon the formidable challenges in the agriculture sector such as shrinking land base, dwindling water resources, shortage of farm labour, increasing costs and uncertainties associated with volatility in international markets. However, the challenges can be addressed and the productivity of the farm in-turn can be realized by increasing land and labour efficiency in agriculture through appropriate farm mechanization.

Some of the innovations have also been offered for commercialization such as
• Variable rate fertilizer applicator
• Check basin former
• Turmeric rhizomes planter
• Ultrasonic sensor based sprayer
• Unmanned autonomous vehicle for agriculture

During the two days conference, it is expected that the deliberations of the conference would contribute to the process of developing, introducing and sustaining new technologies and applications in the Indian farming system. The conference has also provided an opportunity to all the stake holders of agricultural mechanization for engaging each other in a mutually beneficial manner. The two-day conference will conclude on 8th July 2016 i.e Friday at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.