Deere &Co. is making 500 tractors available for use by farmers in the Indian state of Gujarat to help them mechanize their farms and potentially increase crop yields, the company says in a release.
John Deere, in partnership with the local government, will open small agricultural implement resource centres across Gujarat, making tractors available to local farmers and providing the farmers access to use a set of 13 different implements for various operations. Each centre will include a trained operator and maintenance staff.
Farmer groups that use the equipment for crop cultivation will pay only for operating and maintenance costs and not for the actual tractor or implements.
The Gujarat government says it aims to train farmers on the productive use of tractors and farm implements but also to help develop additional skills in soil testing and micro-irrigation.
Four local NGOs – Sadguru Foundation, ANaRDe Foundation, Shroffs Foundation and JNPCT – have been asked to create self-help groups that cover at least 100 acres of farmland each to help ensure early adoption of the program.