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Government of India
Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare
26-November-2010 17:06 IST
Technologies for Small and Marginal Farmers
The Research Institutes under Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) have developed several implements, machineries and technologies appropriate for small and marginal farmers such as Animal drawn Equipment for tillage, Single row manually operated inclined plate planter, Direct paddy seeder, Manual rice transplanter, Improved harvesting tools, Self-propelled vertical conveyor reaper, Solar tunnel dryer for horticultural crops/fruits and Low cost greenhouse structures.

ICAR, through its Institutes and All India Coordinated Research Projects on Farm Implements and Machinery and Utilization of Animal Energy, carries out front line demonstrations on the fields of marginal and small farmers to adopt such technologies. Besides, the knowledge is disseminated through Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs), kisan melas, exhibitions and training programmes on a regular basis in different parts of the country to create awareness about improved agricultural technologies.

The Government has taken several measures to make small land holdings more viable. These include adoption of modern technologies and practices like multiple cropping, intercropping and integrated farming systems. A number of tools and equipments for different operations on small farms have been developed and introduced. Greenhouse technology has been developed for efficient nursery raising, floriculture and other off- season high value crops.

This information was given by Prof. K.V. Thomas, Minister of State for Agriculture in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.

MP:CP: technologies (26.11.2010)