The Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI) has launched the CSIR Prima ET11, India’s first indigenous e-Tractor, in a significant step toward technical improvement in agriculture.
Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Science and Technology; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy, and Space, unveiled the revolutionary innovation, emphasizing the critical role of Agri StartUps in moving India’s economy ahead. Dr. Singh advocated for the adoption of new and AI-powered agricultural technologies.
Highlighting the burgeoning landscape of Agri StartUps, Dr. Jitendra Singh noted that an increasing number of startups are entering the agriculture sector, focusing on niche technologies such as e-Tractors, garbage recycling, drip irrigation, and genome-sequenced farming for crops like Mango and Lotus. He highlighted the untapped potential of the agriculture sector, stating that India possesses unique agricultural assets that set it apart from countries that have promoted IT-driven growth. Dr. Singh emphasized that leveraging these resources would be a crucial component of India’s future economy over the next 25 years.
Dr. Jitendra Singh introduced the “5 S’s” mantra – Showcasing, Stakeholders, Startups, Synergizing, and Strategizing Industry linkage – as the key to successful research and development in government-run scientific laboratories. He stressed the need for a holistic approach, promoting collaboration among stakeholders, including relevant ministries and the industry. He proposed the establishment of a dedicated cell to facilitate investment and emphasized that early engagement with industry players is essential for sustained progress.
Reflecting on the enabling atmosphere created by the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Dr. Jitendra Singh highlighted the emphasis on Ease of Doing Business in the agriculture sector. He applauded the supportive leadership and their role in elevating the status of science and scientists in the country. Prime Minister Modi’s vision positions the agricultural sector as a cornerstone of India’s journey towards becoming a developed nation.
With an eye on the future, Dr. Singh projected the agriculture sector as a vital source of livelihood and vocation for the youth in the coming decades. As the country aims to create opportunities beyond government jobs, the agriculture sector’s significance is set to grow, aligning with India’s aspiration for comprehensive growth.
During the event, Dr. Jitendra Singh released a book by CSIR-CIMAP and a compendium showcasing 75 technologies developed by CSIR. He also expressed keen interest in the recycling vehicles and products developed by CMERI.
To amplify its research and innovations, CSIR-CMERI will launch the “One Week One Lab” theme-based campaign from September 11-15, 2023. This initiative aims to spotlight the laboratory’s pioneering research, cutting-edge products, technological expertise, and state-of-the-art facilities, presenting them to diverse stakeholders.
As the CSIR Prima ET11 e-Tractor marks a milestone in indigenous technological achievements, India’s agricultural landscape stands poised for transformation. The convergence of innovation, collaboration, and a forward-thinking approach heralds a promising future for the nation’s economy and the well-being of its populace.