Yantradoot: A farm mechanisation initiative in Madhya Pradesh
Under the Yantradoot scheme, district level agricultural officers in Madhya Pradesh periodcially 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 by the farmers at nominal prices. As a result, farmers in these villages are now using modern farm tools for each stage in the production of their crops.
Such mechanisation is reducing not just the drudgery faced by farmers under traditional manual practices but is also quickening agricultural processes, saving time, 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 of farmers because now their crops are being sown, irrigated, treated and harvested adequately and on time. Farmers’ income has also seen an almost two-fold increase in the past two years that 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 creating access to advanced agricultural technologies and machinery among farmers in the 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.