TAFE announces free tractor rental scheme to support small farmers of Tamil Nadu as COVID Relief

Published - 24 May 2021

TAFE announces free tractor rental scheme to support small farmers of Tamil Nadu as COVID Relief

The total outlay towards all of TAFE’s contributions to Tamil Nadu state for COVID relief is Rs.15 Crore

May 22, 2021 | Chennai : TAFE - Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited, the world’s third largest tractor manufacturer and a member of theAmalgamations Group, in a continuing effort to support the Government amidst the second wave of the COVID surge, announcedits free tractor rental schemeto support small farmersof 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 program. The total outlay towards all of TAFE’s contributions to COVID relief isRs.15 Crores.

The free tractor rental schemewould cover approximately 1,20,000 acres and will benefit around 50,000 farmers. It will be available from May 2021 through July2021 across Tamil Nadu. TAFE will offer its 16,500Massey Ferguson and Eicher tractors and 26,800 implements on a “free-of-cost” rental basis to small farmers owning 2 acres or less. Farmers can rent or hire tractors or farm implements usingTAFE’sdigital 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. 

TAFE’s Chairman and Managing Director - Mallika Srinivasan 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 Hon’ble Chief Minister for his focus on farmer welfare and the Hon’ble Agricultural Minister for their support towards the free tractor rental scheme.”

About 'JFarm' and 'JFarm Services': JFarmServices.in

TAFE established JFarm India in Chennai, Tamil Nadu in 1964 with an objective of empowering farmers with advanced farm technologies to increase farm productivity and meet India’s growing food demands. Over the years, JFarm focuses on sustainable agriculture, adapting existing technologies in farming for local farming conditions and sharing this knowledge with farmers.

JFarm Services is an initiative by TAFE to increase easy access to farm mechanization solutions through rental of tractors and farm equipment for small and large farms, localized weather forecast, latest mandi prices, agri-news alerts and advisory.

Small and marginal farmers, who hold about 85% of the land holdings in India may not be able to afford ownership of tractors or implements. JFarm Services bridges this gap by connecting these farmers with tractor and equipment owners through its Farmer-2-Farmer platform. Farmers can explore and book nearby equipment through :https://bit.ly/JFSAppLite
JFarm Services since its creation has impacted the lives of about 2,600,000 farmers across 13 states in India since its inception. Currently, JFarm Services (JFS) operates in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh (MP), Uttar Pradesh (UP), Bihar, Odisha, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Gujarat - making farm mechanization viable and affordable to all.

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