Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA), Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India and world’s third largest tractor manufacturer by volumes, TAFE – Tractors and Farm Equipment, signed an MoU to aid conservation of resources across the country. This collaboration between the premier government body PCRA and tractor major TAFE, was inked at New Delhi by Alok Tripathi (IAS), Executive Director – PCRA, and TR Kesavan, President and COO – Product Strategy & Corporate Relations, TAFE.
PCRA plays an active role in proposing policies and strategies to the Government of India for petroleum conservation aimed at reducing excessive dependence of the country on oil. Under the MoU, it is planned to jointly conduct agriculture workshops and melas (fairs) by involving TAFE’s dealership network in spreading awareness and sensitising farmers on the advantages of better maintenance and upkeep of their tractors and implements, resulting in lesser fuel consumption and efficient utilisation of resources, thereby helping farmers maximise their productivity and profitability.
Field trials will be used to demonstrate the right usage and proven methods that impact the bottom line of the farmers, thereby increasing productivity per unit of power consumed. Precision agriculture and water conservation will mitigate over usage of critical resources. Contributing towards energy conservation and reducing dependency, this joint CSR (corporate social responsibility) effort by TAFE and PCRA will help farmers to minimise costs through conservation, recycling and use of alternate energy.
This engagement will further include joint outreach events and knowledge sharing modules for farmers curated by PCRA through TAFE’s ‘JFarm Services’ App.