Germany Urges for Enhanced Collaboration with India in Farm Technology

Germany has a great potential to offer India with technological stuff for farming and also possesses the capacity to provide skilled labour. For this to happen, proper and predictable policy interventions need to be undertaken. Arnd Nenstiel, Chairman, German Agribusiness Alliance said that German companies have invested in large amount in India. In the past years, there have been numerous agreements in areas such as food safety standard, risk management and seed development. With a reliable regulatory framework there could be closer operations.

German Agribusiness Alliance is an initiative of leading German trade associations and companies from the agriculture and food sectors which work with the German government to promote cooperation with transforming, emerging and developing economies in the agriculture and food sectors.

Speaking at the seminar, German Ambassador Martin Ney said that financing for modernisation and value addition was key to development of agriculture. Ney said that the change is only possible when farmers can profit from what is being offered to them in the form of technology and skill. He added saying that the country is working on intensifying its ties with India in future.

German Agribusiness Alliance, FICCI, and Yes Bank have come up with a joint publication, `Farm mechanisation in India-The custom hiring perspective’ highlight challenges and potential of custom hiring in India.

According to the report, the concept of custom hiring has potential provided there is integration of all operations such as provision of agriculture inputs such as seeds, fertilisers and equipment through partnerships with various partners in the ecosystem.

One of the objectives of the government’s sub-mission on agricultural mechanisation is to promote custom hiring centres to offset the adverse economies of scale arising due to small landholding and high cost of individual ownership, pointed out V N Kale, Additional Commissioner, Department of Agriculture.

By BOA Bureau