TAFE’s Free Tractor Rental Program Helps Farmers Keep Working

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Tractors & Farm Equipment Ltd (TAFE) said its free tractor rental program, as part of its popular JFarm Services platform, has helped thousands of small and marginal farmers in Tamil Nadu keep their farming operations uninterrupted. despite the impact of the second wave of the Covid pandemic.

“Under this program, over 1,55,000 hours of free tractor and farm implement rental services were provided, cultivating over 1,03,000 acres in 60 days,” according to a statement.

Plan coverage

TAFE offered its 19,000 Massey Ferguson and Eicher tractors and 33,500 implements for “free” rental to smallholder farmers with two acres or less. Against the estimated coverage of 50,000 farmers in Tamil Nadu, the program covered 64,000 farmers.

“Tools in high demand like the cultivator, disc plow, duck-foot cultivator and tiller were widely used by farmers under the program,” he added.

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“The TAFE JFarm Services free tractor rental program has played a key role in helping marginal small farmers continue farming during the second wave of the Covid epidemic. The Department of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare initiative in partnership with TAFE helped provide timely support and benefited farmers. I am particularly happy that the program has focused on needy farmers with land of less than about 1 acre, ”said Minister of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare of Tamil Nadu, MRK Panneerselvam.

Serving small farmers

This TAFE CSR initiative aimed to save the farming community from the economic implications of Covid-19 and mitigate the impact of the pandemic threat on farming operations during the critical Rabi harvest and Kharif preparation season.

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“We have had the opportunity to serve small and marginal farmers at this critical stage and, at the same time, play a role in improving farmers’ incomes through a direct delivery system, which has worked well. welcomed by the two tenant farmers. and small farmers, ”said Mallika Srinivasan, President and CEO of TAFE.


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