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Context Indian farmers probably form the majority of individual entrepreneurs running risky businesses for their livelihoods and for the food security of the world, yet contributing 12-16% to Indian GDP every year. They harvest an average of 240 Metric tons of food grains every year to feed India and export to other countries. Indian agriculture is characterized by […]

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The State Government, through the Department of Agriculture, is popularising the concept of ‘custom hiring centres’ as part of achieving the objective of farm mechanisation through upgradation of technology for raising agriculture and horticulture crops. The department is following a two-pronged strategy of encouraging big farmers or a group of farmers to come together for […]

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The single biggest challenge in farming is debt. A large share of farmers’ insurmountable debt burden comes from purchase of farm equipment. Mechanized farming results in higher productivity but is notoriously capital intensive. A 40 HP tractor with 2 basic implements (a rotavator and a cultivator) and a trolley costs about Rs. 8 lakhs after subsidies. Given the highly fragmented small landholding in […]

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That farm mechanisation helps in increasing production, profitability and productivity is now an established fact. However, in India, the popular belief has been that mechanisation reduces employment opportunity for skilled and unskilled labour. This, coupled with fragmented farm holding and lack of awareness, has resulted in low farm mechanisation in the country. The situation is […]

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The government of Karnataka signed a MoU with Microsoft to develop multi-variant agricultural commodity price forecasting model. The project is a component of a great vision to bridge digital divides in agricultural process. The state government seeks tech-enabled solutions including cloud-based tools, artificial intelligence and data analytics to secure and promote agrarian operations. The Karnataka […]

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