Mechanized seeding provides farmers with groundbreaking improvements in productivity, profits, and livelihoods
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Bikram Palatasingh. a smallholder farmer in Puri District, took more than 20 years to be able to buy agricultural machines. But, without any formal training in operating them, his initial experience was unsuccessful because of his lack of technical knowledge and not having advanced machines. His situation changed after participating in a training program for tractor owners, progressive farmers, the youth, and others.
“I felt like a warrior who had received the right weapon and nobody could stop me from winning the war now,” Mr. Palatasingh said. “Mechanized sowing and its custom service provision is a win-win innovation for both the farmers and service providers.”