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Centre releases Rs 553 crore to states for agricultural mechanization

The Centre has released Rs 553 crore to states under a scheme to promote mechanization in the agriculture sector. The Sub-Mission on Agricultural Mechanization (SMAM) was launched in April 2014 with an aim to have inclusive growth of farm mechanization to boost productivity. In the year 2020-21, budget of Rs 1,033 crore has been provided for the scheme, out of which Rs 553 crore has been released to state governments, an official statement said. Agricultural mechanization helps in increasing production through timely farm operations and cut in operations by ensuring better management of inputs. Mechanization also enhances the productivity of natural resources and reduces drudgery associated with various farm operations. The agriculture ministry pointed out that paddy straw burning is one of the major problems in the northern region of the country causing pollution. With an objective of moving away farmers of this region from the practice of crop residue burning, the scheme of C


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