Tractors and Farm Equipment Ltd (TAFE) has said that under its Free Tractor Rental Service programme more than one lakh acres of land have been cultivated in 60 days during the current cropping season, in Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

The leading tractor maker launched the rental service scheme for a period of 90 days, starting April 1 to June 30 through its JFarm Services platform.

This CSR initiative by TAFE is aimed at helping the farming community mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on farming operations of small and marginal farmers during the critical rabi harvest and kharif preparation season, according to a statement.

The company said it successfully implemented the free tractor rental scheme for small and marginal farmers with administrative support of the respective state Agriculture Departments of Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

With the lockdown causing some hurdles for farmers to hire tractors, the free rental scheme came at an oportune time to carry out their farming operations. A small farmer in a state like Tamil Nadu stands to save ₹4,000-5,000 as TAFE and the Tamil Nadu government came to their rescue by providing tractors

The free tractor rental scheme was rolled out among 18,000 Massey Ferguson and Eicher Tractor customers, and about 75,000 farm implement owners, to offer implements like the cultivator, rotary tiller, duck-foot cultivator, disc plough, disc harrow, mould board plough, thresher and several others.

The platform saw an increase in the rentals of 38,900 Massey Ferguson and Eicher tractors, and 1,06,500 implements available on rent.