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Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited (TAFE), Indian tractor manufacturer, has launched free tractor rental scheme under its JFarm Services platform benefitted thousands of small and marginal farmers across the state of Rajasthan, India
Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited (TAFE), is an Indian tractor manufacturer incorporated based in Chennai with diverse business interests such as farm-machinery, diesel engines, gensets, agro engines, engineering plastics, gears and transmission components, batteries, hydraulic pumps and cylinders, vehicle franchises and plantations.
The scheme aimed to help the farmers to save their crops and carry on with their agricultural operations in an uninterrupted manner, despite the severe distress caused by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns.
According to TAFE, the “JFarm Services Free Tractor Rental Scheme” received a widespread response and within 60 days, 90,000 hours of free tractor and farm implement rental services were provided, throughout Rajasthan.
The company offered its 47,000 Massey Ferguson and Eicher tractors and 137,000 implements on a “free-of-cost” rental basis to marginal farmers owning less than 2.5 acres. During the rental scheme for 60 days, between June to July 2021, 55,000 acres were serviced free of cost. High-demand implements like cultivator, disc harrow, seed drill, disc plough and mouldboard plough were widely used by farmers under the scheme, said TAFE.
The CSR initiative by TAFE aimed to support the farming community from the economic repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic and to help the small and marginal farmers during the critical rabi harvest and kharif preparation season.