Engineering Post Report
Agricultural experts have underlined the dire need for complete mechanization package comprising soil preparatory implements, proficient equipment for high efficiency irrigation system, post-harvest processing , value-addition, food engineering and renewable energy technologies focusing on small farm holders.
During the last few decades, the overall demand for agricultural machinery has increased in the country mainly due to non-availability of labour.
Tractors has pivotal role in farm mechanization and substantially contributes towards agricultural productivity, the experts opined on being contacted.
According to the figures available from Pakistan Automotive Manufacturers Association (PAMA), during the period from July 2018-March 2019, around 37457 tractors were manufactured in the country which are as much as 29 per cent less as compared to the corresponding period of July 2017-March 2018 during which 52551 tractors were manufactured.
Similarly, during July 2018-March 2019, 37742 tractors were sold in the market as compared to 52260 tractors during the corresponding period of previous fiscal year showing a higher decline of as much as 28 per cent, the PAMA figures pointed out.
The experts stressed the dire need for popularizing farm machinery for small land holding in the country.