For better returns to farmers and to arrest inefficiencies in both pre and post-harvest operations, it is imperative to take up mechanisation extensively as it would also help in handling labour shortage in villages. Save for paddy with about 80% mechanisation, other crops, including cereals, have just about 35% mechanisation although various types of machinery is now available and governments too are coming forward to lend them at affordable prices offering subsidies, said Prem Kumar, head of sales, India & SAARC nations, CLASS Agriculture Machinery India Pvt. Ltd. He was talking to presspersons to announce launch of four-row maize harvester — Crop Tiger 40-M460. CLASS India, is a subsidiary of $4.5 billion, 106-year-old German multinational, CLASS KGaA, manufacturing multi-crop harvesters, transplanters, square balers, forage harvesting machines, etc, with a factory near Chandigarh. Using harvesters and others would easily reduce wastage to less than 1% as against up to 15% in manual operations. Moreover, machines would finish harvesting or other operations in flat one hour for an acre as against at least half-a-day with 10 labourers employed besides providing good ...