Here’s how TAFE is trying to mitigate the ill-effects of COVID19 Coronavirus outbreak on Rajasthan’s farming industry
Almost every industry in the world has been struck greatly by the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. Many are striving hard to make a rapid recovery. Rajasthan is having its cropping season now and ace farm equipment maker TAFE is trying to mitigate the pandemic’s ill-effects here by renting out tractors for free. TAFE has announced the scheme as part of its CSR initiatives, to be done through the JFarm Services platform. The rentals could be accessed by the farming community for a span of days starting April 01, 2020.
TAFE has brought together inventory from its Massey Ferguson and Eicher divisions, amounting to over 11000 tractors and 50000 implements in number. These would be given out on a free rental basis The renters hiring out these pieces of equipment will be paid directly by the company. Bookings can be done by the farmers through the JFarm Services mobile application or by dialling 1800-4200-100 (Toll-free), or directly through their dealer network, field officers etc. The service is available across 20 districts of Rajasthan.
TAFE’s Chairman and Managing Director –Mallika Srinivasan said, “The Rajasthan Government has shown great sensitivity to the needs of the farmers during COVID-19 crisis and we are grateful to the government for accepting TAFE’s CSR initiative to offer free rental services of Massey Ferguson and Eicher Tractors to support the small and marginal farmers of Rajasthan.
TAFE has gathered a large number of customers to register their Massey Ferguson and Eicher tractors on the JFarm Services platform to ensure the farm mechanization needs of small farmers of the state are met during the Rabi season.”
Speaking on this, Mr. Naresh P Gangwar, Principal Secretary – Department of Agriculture, Government of Rajasthan said, “It is good to see socially responsible organizations like Tractors and Farm Equipment (TAFE) extend timely help and support to the farming community by offering free rental of Massey Ferguson and Eicher Tractors during the Rabi season, especially when they are facing distress due to the COVID-19 threat. The Government of Rajasthan welcomes TAFE’s effort during this critical juncture”.