Thistopic has the macro views of the new venture of textile's interference intoAgriculture. "Agriculture is the backbone of our country" went thesaying so far. But do you know that textile can be the backbone of agriculture?The word "AGRO- TEXTILES" is now used to classify the woven,non-woven and knitted fabrics applied for agricultural and horticultural uses.The reduced usage of harmful pesticides and herbicides render a healthy farmingculture and is an eco-friendly technique. Agricultural textiles for itsexcellent environmental resistance, mechanical properties, easy processabilityand durability characteristics can improve quantity, quality and safety ofagricultural products. Agro processing sector has experienced expansion duringlast 5 decades, starting with a handful of facilities which were mainlyoperating at domestic/cottage level. The article provides a summary of thegrowth history of the sector covering role of R&O, recent trends crop-wisestatus of agro processing industrialization and problems, export trends, SWOTanalysis and thrust areas for future for achieving greater role of this sectorin the national economy.
Agrotextiles are application of textile materials in the agriculture field. Withthe continuous increase in population worldwide, stress on agricultural cropshas increased. So it is necessary to increase the yield and quality ofagro-products.
This article was originally published by the Textile Review, May,2012, published by Saket Projects Ltd., Ahmedabad.
About the Author:
Hiren Jaiswal, Shyam barhanpurkar are Assistant Professorsat Shri Vaishnav Institute of Technology and Science, Indore (M.P.)
SwatiChandak & Neha Kabra are associated with Shri Vaishnav Institute ofTechnology and Science, Indore (M.P.)