LEMKEN displays farm implements for Andhra sugarcane growers
HYDERABAD: LEMKEN India Agro Equipment is expanding its base to agri-rich states and bringing out new farm implements to address the challenges of agriculture in India. In order to meet the shortage of land labour and mechanise the farm sector in the country, the LEMKEN MB is eyeing to reach out to the sugarcane growers in the country.
The management of the Andhra Sugars, a leading sugar manufacture in the state has deployed a couple of German-made farm implements mould broad plough and power harrow for demonstration on its premises.
A large number of cane growers falling under the jurisdiction of the factories at the Tanuku, Bhimadole and Taduvai in West Godavari district and Delta Sugars in Krishna district were made aware of the basic functioning of the implements during the demonstration.
“The demo was intended to sensitise the growers to switch to farm mechanisation right from land preparation to harvesting to overcome acute shortage of manpower and cut down costs,” said Mullapadu Narendranath, Joint Managing Director, Andra Sugars.
A technician from the LEMKEN, which manufactured the tools, said the MB plough could make furrows with 1ft depth for planting the cane. Farmers are forced to switch to alternative crops from land labour intensive sugarcane, in view of increasing wage component. The daily wage for harvesting and loading of a tonne of cane per worker has shot up from Rs 250-300 to Rs 450-600.
LEMKEN MB plough can prepare 4-5 acres of land for cane seed planting per day, addressing the manpower problems of the growers to a greater extent.