Implementation of Sub-Mission on Agricultural Mechanization
Sub-Mission on Agricultural Mechanization (SMAM) is being implemented w.e.f. 2014-15 under the National Mission on Agricultural Extension and Technology. The SMAM has following Components:-
1. Promotion and Strengthening of Agricultural Mechanization through Training, Testing and Demonstration: Aims to ensure performance testing of agricultural machinery and equipment, capacity building of farmers and end users and promoting farm mechanization through demonstrations.
2 Demonstration, Training and Distribution of Post Harvest Technology and Management (PHTM): Aims at popularizing technology for primary processing, value addition, low cost scientific storage/transport and the crop by-product management through demonstrations, capacity building of farmers and end users. Provides financial assistance for establishing PHT units.
3 Financial Assistance for Procurement of Agriculture Machinery and Equipment: Promotes ownership of various agricultural machinery equipments as per norms of assistance.
4 Establish Farm Machinery Banks for Custom Hiring: Provides suitable financial assistance to establish Farm Machinery Banks for Custom Hiring for appropriate locations and crops.
5 Establish Hi-Tech, High Productive Equipment Hub for Custom Hiring: Provides financial assistance to set up hi-tech machinery hubs for high value crops like sugarcane, cotton etc.
6 Promotion of Farm Mechanization in Selected Villages: Provides financial assistance to promote appropriate technologies and to set up Farm Machinery Banks in identified villages in low mechanised states.
7 Financial Assistance for Promotion of Mechanized Operations/hectare Carried out Through Custom Hiring Centres: Provides financial assistance on per hectare basis to the beneficiaries hiring machinery/equipments from custom hiring centers in low mechanized areas.
8 Promotion of Farm Machinery and Equipment in North-Eastern Region: Extends financial assistance to beneficiaries in high-potential but low mechanised states of north-east.