Agricultural mechanization in India
Farm mechanization in India has come a long way during the last 60 years and it is required in every operation of agricultural production, post-harvest, food processing and rural living. The Indian farmer is adapting more quickly to farm mechanization than ever before. Farmers, policy makers and developmental agencies now realize that for raising farm productivity at reduced unit cost of production, mechanization is essential. With increasing labour wages and agriculture produce market prices, farmers, specially, the medium and large ones, are looking for labour saving devices to remain competitive. As demand for farm mechanization is escalating and it is almost becoming the today’s farm necessity, mechanization has come to centre stage with the globalization of world markets. Innovation in farm machinery sector will drive the next phase of agricultural growth in the country.
Dr. Singh works as an adjunct professor at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, as an emeritus professor at the Asian Institute of Technology, as a consultant with International Food Policy Research Institute and as chair of the Science Committee of Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium for Sustainable Intensification in Asian and African Countries. He served as the founding vice chancellor of Doon University in India from 2005 to 2008.
Dr. Singh graduated in 1966 from Pantnagar in India. He received his master's degree from Rutgers University in 1968 and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis in 1973.
Dr. Singh is a fellow of the following organizations: National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS-India), International Academy of Agricultural and Bio-systems Engineering (iIAABE), International Commission of Agricultural Engineering (CIGR), American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers (ISAE), Institution of Engineers (India), and Soil Conservation Society of India.
He has more than 200 publications to his credit and has served on the editorial board of seven journals. He has supervised more than 100 doctoral and master's students from all over Asia.