From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :
Prelims level : Nothing much
Mains level : Farm mechanisation
A laser-guided land leveller uses technology to accurately flatten a field in a fraction of the time than an oxen-powered scraper. But such Hitech levellers cost at least ₹3 lakh and is beyond the reach of the average small farmer.
A new app described as “Uber for tractors” offers a solution.
- Farmers save precious groundwater and increase productivity by 10 to 15%.
- Provide farmers to have affordable access to cutting-edge technology
- There are now more than 38,000 custom hiring centres (CHCs) across the country, which rent out 2.5 lakh pieces of farm equipment every year. The app connects farmers with these CHCs.
- The app will also create an invaluable database for policy-makers, who can track the use and cost of equipment