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Sub-Mission On Agricultural Mechanization (SMAM) Scheme

Sub-Mission On Agricultural Mechanization (SMAM) Scheme:

The Government of India has released funds for various activities of Farm Mechanization under the Sub-Mission on Agricultural Mechanization (SMAM) scheme.

  • The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare launched SMAM in 2014-15.
  • Under it, the subsidy is provided for the purchase of various types of agricultural equipment and machinery to the extent of 40-50% for States other than NER (North Eastern Region) States and for the NER States, it is 100% limited to Rs.1.25 lakhs per beneficiary.
  • The agriculture ministry has also developed a Multilingual Mobile App, ‘CHC (Custom Hiring Centres)- Farm Machinery’ which connects farmers with Custom Hiring Service Centres situated in their locality.
  • Aim: Increasing the reach of farm mechanization to small and marginal farmers and to the regions and difficult areas where farm power availability is low.
  • Objectives:
    • Promoting ‘Custom Hiring Centres’ and ‘Hi-tech Hubs of High-Value Machines’ to offset the adverse economies of scale arising due to small and fragmented landholding and the high cost of individual ownership.
    • Creating awareness among stakeholders through demonstration and capacity building activities.
    • Ensuring performance testing and certification of agricultural machines at designated testing centres located all over the country.