Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agriculture University (CCSHAU), an agricultural research university in India has recently announced plans to establish a Custom Hiring Centre for farmers in the coming months. This centre, a component of Deendayal Upadhyay Centre of Excellence for Organic Farming” established by the university in 2017, is aimed to broaden the experiential learning for students and will provide farm machinery to the incubate farmers on reasonable operating charges.
With the mechanization of farm activities, this centre will enable small farmers to avail equipment on rental and save them the prohibitive cost of farm machinery.
Announcing the establishment of Custom Hiring Center, Prof. K.P. Singh, the Vice-Chancellor, CCSHAU said “The major objective of the centre is to provide easy access to high value and technical agricultural equipment to farmers and empower them, especially the small and marginal farmers. Such centre will help in popularizing organic farming, to carry out research and extension activities in organic farming. This will also allow farmers to develop a package of practices on different modes of organic farming and will incubate them as successful organic growers.”
CHC comprise a set of farm machinery and equipment meant for custom hiring by farmers. Certain implements and equipment like tractors, power tillers, etc. will be crop-specific and self-propelled machinery like combine harvesters, etc will be available for common use. CHC will include different types of machinery like Tractor, Laser land leveler, Cultivator, Rotavator, Seed-cum-fertilizer drill, Multi-crop planter, Potato planter to name a few.