Chennai: TAFE – Tractors and Farm Equipment, the world’s third largest tractor manufacturer and a member of the Amalgamations Group, in a continuing effort to support the government amidst the second wave of the Covid-19 surge, has recently announced its free tractor rental scheme to support small farmers in Tamil Nadu during this critical cropping season. “This free tractor rental scheme is in addition to its earlier contribution of oxygen concentrators, procurement of oxygen cylinders and support to the planned mass immunisation programme. The total outlay towards all of TAFE’s contributions to Covid-19 relief is Rs.15 crore”, the company has said.
The free tractor rental scheme would cover approximately 120,000 acres and will benefit around 50,000 farmers in the state. It will be available from May 2021 through July 2021 across Tamil Nadu. TAFE will offer its 16,500 Massey Ferguson and Eicher tractors and 26,800 implements on a “free-of-cost” rental basis to small farmers owning two acres or less farm land. Farmers can rent or hire tractors or farm implements using TAFE’s digital platform on the TN Govt’s Uzhavan app or the toll-free helpline 1800-4200-100. The scheme will be implemented with the support of the Agriculture department of Tamil Nadu and their district officials.
Mallika Srinivasan, Chairman and Managing Director, TAFE said, “With the encouragement and support of the Tamil Nadu government, TAFE is happy to offer free-of-cost rental services to the small and marginal farmers of Tamil Nadu. TAFE will offer its Massey Ferguson and Eicher tractors along with farm implements to support the small and marginal farmers through this critical time and crucial cropping season. We thank the chief minister for his focus on farmer welfare and the agriculture minister for their support towards the free tractor rental scheme.”
The world’s third largest tractor manufacturer and second largest in India by volumes with an annual sale of about 180,000 tractors; TAFE is one of the leading exporters of tractors from India with a turnover in excess of INR 10,000 crores. TAFE manufactures a range of tractors, in both the air-cooled and water-cooled platforms, and markets them under four brands – Massey Ferguson, TAFE, Eicher, and the recently acquired Serbian tractor and agricultural equipment brand – Industrija Mašina i Traktora (IMT). TAFE’s products and services are present in over 100 countries across the world, including developed countries in Europe and the Americas.