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Infusion of farm mechanization technologies in Indian agriculture: progress and impact

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Mankaran Dhiman and Jaskaran Dhiman

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Indian Journal of Economics and Development
Year : 2015, Volume : 11, Issue : 1
First page : ( 125) Last page : ( 136)
Print ISSN : 2277-5412. Online ISSN : 2322-0430.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2322-0430.2015.00014.1

Infusion of farm mechanization technologies in Indian agriculture: progress and impact

Dhiman Mankaran1,*, Dhiman Jaskaran2
1Department of Farm Machinery and Power Engineering, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana-141 004, India

2Ph.D. Student, Department of Bioresource Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

*Email: mankaran.90@gmail.com

JEL Classification: Q01, Q10, Q15, Q16, Q18

Online published on 10 March, 2015.

Abstract
India has shown remarkable progress in agriculture since independence. The food production scenario has greatly improved. In view of the intensive agriculture especially in the food bowl states (Punjab, Haryana, and western Uttar Pradesh), short window of time available between harvesting of paddy and sowing of wheat, as well as labour shortage, the farm mechanization will have a crucial role to play. For making farming globally competitive and checking impairment to natural resources (soil and water) base, a major shift in farm mechanization is required to realize the goal of ecofriendly sustainable agriculture with cost-effective production of quality produce. Appropriate and selective mechanization is needed for production agriculture, post-harvest handling, and value addition using a prudent combine of conventional and renewable energy sources. To devise long term strategies for farm mechanization, it is vital to visualize the needs in view of the prevailing and emerging challenges.

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