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Welcome to AICRP-FIM
All India Coordinated Research Project on Farm Implements and Machinery (AICRP-FIM) was started during the V Five Year Plan period (vide sanctioned letter No. 26(10)/73-AE dated 21st May, 1975) with six centres with IARI, New Delhi as the coordinating centre. The coordinating cell of the scheme was shifted from IARI, New Delhi to CIAE, Bhopal in September, 1977. The project expanded its horizon over different regions of India during different five year plans. The project continues to function in XII Five Year Plan (vide ICAR letter No. A.Engg./6/4/2011/IA-II(AE) dated 1st January, 2015) with total plan outlay of Rs. 7178 lakh at 25 centres. The centres are engaged in five different activities namely research and development, prototype manufacturing, prototype feasibility testing, front line demonstration and custom hiring of improved farm implements and machinery.
Message from Project Coordinator
Indian agriculture employs about 55% of total work force and contributes to only 14% in GDP of our country which makes farming in India less remunerative. The average farm size in India is small (1.15 ha) and small and marginal land holdings (less than 2.0 ha) account for 85% of land holdings. Mechanizing small and non-contiguous group of small farms is against ‘economies of scale’ for individual ownership of farm machinery.