‘Centralized Farm Machinery Performance Testing Portal’ launched

New Delhi, September 24, 2020: The Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar today launched in the public domain, the “Centralized Farm Machinery Performance Testing Portal” which has been developed by the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare as a further step to improve services of farm machinery testing institutions and bringing out transparency in the entire process of testing and evaluation of machines.
Speaking on the occasion, Tomar said that the Government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi is fully committed to the welfare of farmers and development of the agriculture sector.
Budget allocation of the agriculture sector has also been considerably increased in keeping with this commitment of the government.
Tomar said that there has been significant increase in adoption of agricultural machines which has resulted in the phenomenal expansion of cropped area, cropping diversity and the country’s agricultural production.
Further to promote agricultural mechanization, the Union Agriculture Minister appealed to industry representatives to design farm equipment which can be utilized in cost effective manner by small and marginal farmers.
This portal will facilitate manufacturers in applying, communicating and monitoring the progress of testing of their machines in a seamless manner as it is easily accessible from any location and from any device connected to the Internet.
It offers the possibility of integrated management in a unified manner within the organization and thus will help in improving the efficiency of the testing institutes thereby reducing testing time for various agricultural machines and equipments.
In line with the Government Policy of “Ease of Doing Business”, this would facilitate applying for testing of machinery online.
It will ensure transparency in the entire processes of testing, help in reducing testing time, provide faster feedback, help reduce business expenses of agricultural manufacturers etc.
Agricultural mechanization is a central indispensable support to make farm operations efficient and productive.
It contributes in increasing the efficiency and productivity of all direct as well as indirect inputs used in the crop production system besides, reduction in drudgery associated with various farm operations.The programs and schemes of the Government of India on farm mechanization have resulted in progressive increase in the availability of farm power per unit area for performing various agricultural operations.The shift has also helped in diversification of agriculture from conventional crops to commercial crops.
Testing of farm machines is an important aspect of agricultural mechanization which benefits both buyers i.e. farmers as well as to the manufacturers of agricultural machinery.
Testing and evaluation of agricultural machinery encourages improvement in quality and functional suitability.
Comparable data for similar machines is available to manufacturers, which help them in improving the design of their product and open up avenues in commercialization of agricultural machinery not only on national level but also Globally.
Union Ministers of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare ParshottamRupala and i Kailash Choudhary, Secretary, Department of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, Sanjay Agarwal and other senior officers of the Department were present on the occasion.

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