TAFE Announces Free Tractor Rental Scheme to Support Small Farmers of Tamil Nadu as COVID Relief

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 15 Crores

Chennai: TAFE – Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited, 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 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 ofTAFE’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 16,500 Massey 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 Tamil NaduGovernment’sUzhavan 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.”