Case IH, a brand of CNH Industrial, recently conferred the Karnataka-based sugar factory, Krishna Sahakari Sakkare Karkhane, also known as Krishna Sugars, with the ‘National Record’ Award for harvesting 146 MT sugarcane in just 3.5 hours with the Case IH Austoft 4000 Series sugarcane harvester.
In India, the 4000 Series has been performing well with 100 to 150 tonnes per day on average, with hourly average of 15 to 20 tonnes. However, Krishna Sugars have created a new record in India reaching the best harvesting performance with 41 tonnes per hour.
An award ceremony was recently organised at Krishna Sugars’ premises in Athani, Belgaum district in Karnataka, to celebrate the achievement.
“The Case IH Austoft 4000 sugarcane harvester cuts with precision and speed, which directly increases the output and reduces trash content, thereby providing more profit to the farmers and more output for sugar mills. This harvester is extremely fuel efficient for the kind of work it does, providing unmatched quality and reliability. We are striving to make available more machines for our farmers very soon”, Parappa C Savadi, Chairman, Krishna Sugars said.
The Case IH Austoft 4000 Series was first launched in India in 2010. Specifically designed for small to medium sized operations or for bigger plantations with reduced row spacing, it suits the Indian land conditions.
Case IH currently assembles its sugarcane harvesters in Chakan, Pune. The assembly site is built on the lines of Case IH’s international facilities and global standards.
The 4000 Series harvester represents the pioneering spirit of Case IH and has become the best-selling sugarcane harvester in the Indian market, being recognised for its expertise in providing efficient sugarcane harvesting solutions. Today Case IH is the market leader in India with hundreds of machines in operation in various sugarcane belts. These machines have revolutionised sugarcane harvesting by significantly reducing the field-to-factory time and wastage during harvesting.
Case IH supports its customers in India through a widespread network and aims at expanding its reach in the market by increasing the number of customer touch points including dealers, spare parts depots, service vans and mobile service bikes for quick assistance. Owing to the importance of maintaining the equipment efficiently and effectively, the brand has launched a special initiative; the ‘Xpress Service’, which provides instant support to customers by keeping support staff, parts and other facilities readily available in close proximity.
In India, CNH Industrial operates in the agricultural equipment industry with two brands: Case IH and its sister brand, New Holland Agriculture. Case IH offers sugarcane harvesters while New Holland Agriculture offers a wide range of products including tractors and balers.