Yantradoot: a farm mechanisation initiative in Madhya Pradesh

The Yantradoot Village Scheme seeks to increase agricultural productivity in Madhya Pradesh through dissemination of information and know-how on improved agricultural technologies among farmers in the state.

Source: Directorate of Agricultural Engineering, Bhopal

Under the Yantradoot scheme, district level agricultural officers in Madhya Pradesh periodically demonstrate the use of farm implements to farmers in 25 villages spread across 25 districts in the state and make these implements available on hire to the farmers at nominal prices. As a result, farmers in these villages are now using modern farm tools for each stage of crop production.

Such mechanisation is reducing the drudgery faced by farmers under traditional manual practices and also is  quickening agricultural processes, saving time as well as costs and enhancing agricultural productivity. With Yantradoot, each of these 25 villages are being turned into complete models for agricultural mechanisation. Such increased mechanisation has resulted in a 40 percent increase in the agricultural productivity for farmers because their crops are being sown, irrigated, treated and harvested adequately and on time. Farmers’ income have also seen an almost two-fold increase in the past two years during which the scheme has been operational. As a result of these outcomes, many nearby villages are being inspired to switch over to the Yantradoot model of farm mechanisation.

By implementing the Yantradoot scheme, the Government of Madhya Pradesh is giving access to advanced agricultural technologies and machinery to farmers in rural areas, increasing the overall agricultural productivity of the state and empowering its farming community. Inspired by the successes of the scheme, the Government of India has proposed to launch a National Mission on Agricultural Mechanisation.

This case study was published in May 2012.

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