TAFE cultivates 160,000 acres free for small farmers during COVID-19

TAFE – Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited, India’s second and world’s third-largest tractor manufacturer by volumes, had launched a Free Tractor Rental Service for farmers in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu, from April 1, 2020, for a period of 90 days spanning till June 30, 2020, through its JFarm Services platform.

The scheme received an awesome response from the farming community and within 75 days of its implementation, over 160,000 acres are cultivated and rental service has been provided benefiting thousands of farmers during this crucial cropping season.

TAFE aimed to rescue the farming community from the economic implications of COVID-19, and mitigate the impact of the Coronavirus threat on farming operations of small and marginal farmers during the critical Rabi harvest and Kharif preparation season.

TAFE launched the JFarm Services free tractor rental scheme with 18,000 Massey Ferguson and Eicher Tractor customers, and about 75,000 farms implement owners, to supply implements just like the cultivator, rotary tiller, duck-foot cultivator, disc plough, disk harrow, moldboard plough, thresher, and several other others. due to popular demand, the JFarm services platform saw a rise within the registrations to 50,200 Massey Ferguson tractor and Eicher Tractors and 1,21,000 implements available on rent.

TAFE successfully implemented this free tractor rental scheme for the tiny and marginal farmers with the executive support of the respective state governments from the Agriculture Departments of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Tamil Nadu. The benefit received by JFarm Services through tractor rental has been directly given to the farmers by TAFE. This has considerably helped in enhancing the revenue of tractor owners and has been welcomed by both, the owners and therefore the small farmers.

Dr.Devesh Chaturvedi (IAS), Principal Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Government of Uttar Pradesh said, “Government of Uttar Pradesh has been actively working with all stakeholders so as to supply seamless support to the farming community of the State, especially the uninterrupted movement of agriculture equipment and harvesters, etc. TAFE stepped-in at the proper time to support the farming community during this critical cropping/harvesting season, by way of reducing the financial distress of farmers amidst the continued COVID-19 pandemic. Small and marginal farmers are greatly benefited from this free rental scheme provided by TAFE’s JFarm Services through Massey Ferguson and Eicher Tractors. This timely effort of TAFE, in partnership with the government, has been well appreciated by one and everyone.”

Ashish Kumar Yadav, a little farmer from Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh said, “I would really like to thank JFarm Services from rock bottom of my heart for threshing my 1.5-acre wheat crop, completely freed from cost. This commendable initiative by TAFE’s JFarm Services has helped us out immensely during the COVID-19 pandemic and that I express my sincere gratitude to TAFE on behalf of the whole farming community.”

Vijay Shankar Tiwari, another farmer from Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh said, “I got my one-acre farm cultivated absolutely freed from cost by TAFE’sJFarm Services through an Eicher Tractor. The service provided was extremely good and that I am delighted by this free tractor rental scheme. I might wish to convey my sincere regards to TAFE for extending their timely help.”

Shyam Bahadur Yadav, an Eicher Tractor owner from Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh said, “With TAFE’sFree Tractor Rental Scheme and therefore the company’s guidance, I could plough farms of about165 small and marginal farmers. This unique scheme has been an excellent relief to all or any the farmers. I could increase my income substantially and are getting all my payments on time directly from the corporate, even during such difficult situations. I might wish to thank TAFE for its timely support to the farmers of Uttar Pradesh .”

VishwanathPrajapati, another farmer from Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, who owns a Massey Ferguson Tractor said, “I bought my Massey Ferguson 7250 tractor recently. I registered on TAFE’s JFarm Services App and with the support of the corporate, I could help cultivate farms of over 75 small and marginal farmers, absolutely freed from cost. Besides having the ability to assist the farmers, I could also enhance my earnings considerably. I would wish to thank TAFE on behalf of all the farmers, who are greatly benefited by this free tractor rental service.

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