Stubble Burning Concern: Sonalika, Cicoria forge alliance to offer best crop residue management solution to Indian farmers
Cicora, along with Sonalika is bringing in Italian technology by launching specialised balers for bailing toughest stubble trash from the farmland
Delhi is chocking with pollution in many forms and manifestations, all man made. In order to solve the growing vehicle related pollution the Delhi Government has taken a slew of steps such as using cars only on alternate days and other such efforts, in addition to the adding of more electric buses and phasing out all old diesel buses. While all these attempts are being initiated the issue of smoke related pollution in the NCR region is yet to get a solution. Air pollution is a critical risk factor for non-communicable diseases (NCDs), causing an estimated 43% of all adult deaths from COPD
Farmers in the neighbouring region of Haryana, Punjab and UP burn the stubble after the harvest of their agricultural produce and this smoke impacts Delhi. Whatever enforcement initiatives taken by the respective government in dissuading these farmers from burning the stubble, the farmers’ concern is that unless they do that, they cannot start the second crop and urged these governments to find a solution to remove the stubble in an economic way. Although, these governments are also working hard to find a solution, the private players are also thinking in those terms. Two such groups have actually forged an alliance to come up with an innovative solution.
The leading tractor manufacturer of Punjab, Sonalika International Tractors Limited has forged alliance with the Italian farm machinery and baler maker, Cicoria to offer crop residue management, apparently to address the growing concerns of crop residue management in India. Sonalika, India’s youngest, yet fastest growing tractor brand and Cicoria, being the leading farm machinery and baler manufacturer are sharing the synergy and have come up with solid solution to the vexed issue of crop burning.
Raman Mittal, Executive Director, Sonalika Group, says: “The foundation of Sonalika was laid with the belief of offering best-in-class farm machinery to farmers and we are very happy to have joined hands with Cicoria in lines with our vision to provide Indian farmers with an efficient and quality solution to meet the challenges in crop residue management. This alliance is a testimony of our continuous focus to provide best crop solutions to farmers. We have forged alliance with Cicoria for introducing customised and specialised balers for baling in toughest paddy straw and sugar cane trash. These balers are globally known for their quality performance, reliability and ease of use.”
Marco Cicoria, Managing Director of Cicoria explains, “We feel happy and honoured to partner with Sonalika and are confident that this partnership will provide Indian customers with specialised and quality baling solutions for their specific needs.”
While elaborating on the bailing solutions and how the Italian major had pioneered this concept since ages and how the company had evolved by widening its footprint in excess of 50 countries, Cicoria says, “The genesis of our firm can be traced back in 1927. Since then, we had close interactions with the farmers across the globe, tried to listen to their grievances and we did lot of research and the result of it was the introduction of our baling machines. We have a global presence in over 50 countries. We have specialised in engineering and manufacturing of farm machinery and Cicoria is a name to reckon with in the baler manufacturing segment. Being extremely customer- centric organisation, we have the technology and wherewithal to rapidly respond to the changing requirements of our patrons, who are farmers. Furthermore, we take pride in offering the widest and specialised range of square balers, from the Conventional type to the Big Baler type.”