Madhya Pradesh Signs Three MoUs at Krishi Expo30 September 2014
INDIA - In order to provide agricultural equipment to its farmers, Madhya Pradesh (MP) government has signed three memorandum of understandings (MoUs) at the Haldhar Krishi Expo.
The MoU was signed with Maschio-Gaspardo of Italy, Kubota of Japan, and Fiat (India) Private Limited of New Holland, the state government said in a statement.
Explaining the reason behind on signing the agreement with three specific companies, the government statement said, these companies having reputation world over for their excellence in manufacturing advanced farm implements and technologies.
MP’s agriculture sector has been growing at 25 per cent for the past few years and has two Krishi Karman Awards (farm awards) in last two consecutive years for highest grain production.
With this deal, the state government wants to turn agriculture into a profitable venture.
Farm mechanization is an important component for agriculture growth in state, as the tractor market is growing annually by 32 per cent which is an indicator in itself, the state government said.
Madhya Pradesh has large number of small and marginal farmers, which in combination with medium and large farmer, pose challenges as well as possibilities in agriculture.
Maschio-Gaspardo, which has 13 plants in the country has recently opened a new plant at Pune would help boost production of soybean, maize and cotton by providing advanced technologies and machines.
It would make available SP Numatic, multi crop power harrows, fertiliser spreaders and shredders to the Directorate of Agricultural Engineering.
Kubota which has set up a plant in Chennai would help the agriculture department in enhancing productivity of paddy in the state. The company will provide self propelled rice transplanters and seedling machines to increase productivity of paddy through mechanised paddy plantation in the state, the statement adds.
Whereas, New Holland would help the farmers with the cooperation of the state government to boost production of sugarcane, cotton, maize and soybean.
The company has agreed to make available 18 machines including sugarcane harvester, baler-rack, cotton picker, fodder maize harvester, Numatic cotton planter and sugar infielder.
Haldhar Agri Expo 2014 has displayed technologies, equipment and implements available in mechanization field and has been equally useful for farmers, manufacturers, Scientists and general people.
About 50,000 farmers from across the state has visited the expo that was held from September 26 to 28, 2014 which was organized by department of farmer welfare and agricultural development.