To overcome problem in operating the equipment in wet land with heavy clay

breaking fresh ground:The improvised drum seeder being demonstrated in Tiruvarur on Wednesday.

Gargi Parsai

NEW DELHI: With high prices of pulses a major worry, the Centre has re-oriented its strategy from this kharif season with farmers being given incentives to go for mechanisation through custom hiring of tractors, ridge and furrow planters and rotavators or rotary tillers.

Pune Chandrakant Ligade, a farmer-turned-entrepreneur has developed an instant milk cooler that has a small diesel generator and works on a single phase. The cooler can help farmers in keeping milk cool for a longer duration, thereby reducing the chances of it getting spoilt.

SHILLONG, May 4: State Chief Minister Mukul Sangma distributed agro-service machinery to 28 beneficiaries from Betasing and Zikzak Blocks under BRGF scheme at a function at the Ampati Mini Stadium in Garo Hills yesterday.

R. Sairam

For improving a sugarcane harvester he has invented

ENCOURAGING:P. Kantharaj of Arapalayam in the city demonstrating the sugarcane harvester invented by him.

MADURAI: The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned Rs. 1.38 lakh to a farmer here for improving a sugarcane harvester he invented.


Drought, a scourge of humanity, makes living impossible for farmers, destroying land, men and farm animals alike. With the death of cattle, and lack of water for irrigation, ploughing barren fields becomes futile.

The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI)


IN NAGALAND, bamboo based furniture is often made by local carpenters using inadequate hand tools.

Lack of dedicated machines at affordable cost has curbed the efforts of the local woodworker. Even removing the hard green covering on the bamboo has remained a challenge for many.

Credit support to farm mechanisation, seed production for pulses, horticulture, and speeding up crop insurance compensation to farmers were among the imperatives in Tamil Nadu, according to the Chief Secretary, Mr K.S. Sripathi.

More farm mechanisation won't hurt jobs either