Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare
10-December-2010 16:27 IST
ICAR Conducting Entrepreneurship Development Programmes for farm Implement Manufacturers
Currently, a large number of small and medium scale industries in the country are engaged in manufacturing a large variety of farm tools and implements. These indigenous farm tools and implements that are commercially available all over the country can cater to majority of the agricultural needs.

However, a few sophisticated and special purpose agricultural machineries like sugarcane harvesters, cotton pickers, paddy transplanters etc. are currently imported in the open market as per demands arising from specific areas.

As unorganized and small scale manufacturing enterprises dominate this sector, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and its associate institutions have been regularly conducting entrepreneurship development programme with an objective to empower these manufacturers. Further, ICAR is also partnering with them to develop and customize new products in the field of farm implements. Besides, under the Central Sector Scheme ‚ÄúPromotion and Strengthening of Agricultural Mechanization through Training, Testing & Demonstration‚ÄĚ assistance is provided to State Governments, ICAR and other Central / State Government Organizations for organizing demonstration of newly developed or improved equipment among the farmers for creating awareness and for helping induction of new technology in agricultural production system.

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

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