Srivastava was talking at the inauguration of ‘AGRIEVOLUTION: The 4th World Summit on Agriculture Machinery’ organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in New Delhi on December 5. He opined that, India’s agricultural production could be accelerated from current levels to sufficiently increase its food grains stocks and sought measures to increase its exports.
Srivastava urged the participants to adopt technologies and create manufacturing base to enable India to emerge an exporting country for such tools, which are now being imported from China. He stressed on setting up of hiring centres, where machinery could be rented to the small and marginal farmers that cannot afford to buy them. High-tech hubs could also be created with the help of government both at the Centre and states.
Alain Savary, Chair, Agrievolution Forum, said that Agrievolution was established to facilitate collaboration within the agriculture equipment manufacturing industry among important agricultural regions of the world. It was launched on the shared belief that in today’s global agricultural economy, it is crucial that current issues and future challenges be viewed from a global perspective and be addressed on a global basis.
T R Kesavan, CEO, Tractors and Farm Equipment Ltd., felt that, mechanization plays a critical role in securing food security. A new and creative business model needs to be created to reach small and marginal farmers. Supporting his views, Naina Lal Kidwai, President, FICCI, said, “Mechanization will play a key role in increasing the farm power which needs to scaled up to 2.0 kilo watt per hectare. Concerted efforts of the government and industry have seen greater adoption of mechanization in the country with benefits of farm mechanization spreading among all strata of farmers especially small and marginal farmers and to the regions where availability of farm power is low.”