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TAFE Corporate Communications Team wins Two Awards | ET-Brand Equity Kaleido Awards 2020

 

TAFE Corporate Communications Team wins Two Awards in the second edition of the ET-Brand Equity Kaleido Awards 2020. The Awards aim to recognize and reward work that not only stood out, but was also purposeful. As a testament to TAFE’s meaningful brand building efforts, communications and community outreach initiatives, the TAFE Corporate Communications Team won the #Gold Award under the category ‘Best Campaign in Agriculture & Agri-Tech’ for JFarm Services and a SilverAward under the category ‘Best Campaign in CSR’ for the TAFE – Be a FarmDost initiative.

The Kaleido Awards, which recognize India’s ace communicators, reward the work done by Public Relations and Corporate Communication professionals, and organisations in the past year (2019-20). The entries submitted were judged by a distinguished jury of senior professionals from the MediaPR & Corporate Communications industry, considering the objective, innovationcreativity, research, planning and results delivered by a campaign.

Join us as we celebrate yet another milestone in our journey of #CultivatingTheWorld.

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TAFE offers Free Tractor Rental for Small Farmers of Tamil Nadu during COVID-19

 

In an attempt to mitigate the impact of the Coronavirus threat on small and marginal farmers of Tamil Nadu and to support the farming community during a crucial cropping season, TAFE, under its CSR initiative, announced a free tractor rental scheme through its JFarm Services platform on the Uzhavan App, for a duration of 90 days starting April 1, 2020. This scheme will be available across 30 districts of Tamil Nadu.

TAFE, towards this initiative has brought together a large group of its Massey Ferguson and Eicher tractors and will offer over 4,400 tractors and 10,500 implements on a free of cost rental basis. The renters hiring out Massey Ferguson, Eicher Tractors and implements will be paid directly by the company.

TAFE is well equipped to handle all the operational aspects of implementing the scheme across the State using its existing JFarm Services digital platform on the Uzhavan app, toll-free helpline 1800-4200-100, as well as various on-ground touchpoints like its field officers, dealer network etc. across the state, who are already working closely with the farming community of Tamil Nadu.

TAFE’s Chairman and Managing Director – Mallika Srinivasan said, “The rabi season is crucial to sustain the livelihoods of the farmers of Tamil Nadu. At this crucial juncture, TAFE seeks to do its best to support the small and marginal farmers of the state to tide over the crisis caused by COVID-19 by offering free rental services of Massey Ferguson and Eicher tractors. We commend the Tamil Nadu Government and its administration for their extraordinary efforts in ensuring the effective deployment of all health and administrative initiatives to support all sections of society”.

Speaking in this connection, Thiru. Gagandeep Singh Bedi (IAS), Agriculture Production Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Government of Tamil Nadu, said, “My compliments to Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited (TAFE) for coming out with the free of cost tractor rental offer to support the small and marginal farmers of Tamil Nadu during this cropping season, especially at this time of distress due to COVID-19. The Government of Tamil Nadu welcomes this timely initiative and is happy to partner with TAFE as this will be of immense help to several needy farmers in the State”.

TAFE has requested the advisory and administrative support of the Department of Agriculture, Government of Tamil Nadu, and the district level officials to ensure small and marginal farmers are able to avail the offer in a timely manner.

Links:
Site – JFarmServices.in | Android App – JFarm Services | Facebook – JFarm Services

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TAFE offers Free Tractor Rental for Small Farmers of Rajasthan during COVID-19

 

April 04, 2020 | Rajasthan: In an attempt to mitigate the impact of the Coronavirus threat on small and marginal farmers of Rajasthan and to support the farming community during a crucial cropping season, TAFE, under its CSR initiative, announced a free tractor rental scheme through its JFarm Services platform, for a duration of 90 days starting April 1, 2020. This scheme will be available across 20 districts of Rajasthan.

TAFE, towards this initiative has brought together a large group of its Massey Ferguson and Eicher tractors and will offer 11,000 tractors and 50,000 implements on a free rental basis. The renters hiring out Massey Ferguson, Eicher Tractors and implements will be paid directly by the company.

Farmers can book their orders on JFarm Services mobile app or toll-free helpline 1800-4200-100, as well as various on-ground touchpoints like its field officers, dealer network etc. across the state, who are already working closely with the farming community 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”.

Links:

Site – JFarmServices.in  |  Android App – JFarm Services  |  Facebook – JFarm Services

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Most Number of Tractors Checked in a Service Camp

Setting Record Standards of Customer Support | TAFE, in association with its authorized dealer M.G. Brothers Industries Private Limited, organized a mega service camp in Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh, on March 16, 2019, that set a new industry benchmark and has been published in the Limca Book of Records – 2020. A record breaking 614 tractors were serviced at a single location, in a duration of 9 hours 35 minutes with the help of 100 people. Think customer care, think TAFE!
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From the CEO’s Desk

 

Dear Team

I hope you and families are well and taking necessary precautions to arrest the spread of the Covid19 pandemic.

The self-imposed ‘Janta Curfew’ was a show of solidarity for India as a Nation and also a recognition of what lies ahead.

We at TAFE, have decided to close operations across the country, even in states where there is no lockdown. All our manufacturing plants will be shut down and offices will remain closed, except for critical functions, and, teams will be working from home. All preparations are being made in earnest to facilitate this arrangement.

Both Alwar and Bhopal plants are closed. Doddaballapur, Madurai, Sembiam and Parwanoo plants are winding up its operations and will shutdown on 24/03/2020 except for the critical functions in both the offices and plants. The corporate office has now implemented the “Work from Home” arrangement and teams will be working from home from tomorrow. All Sales and Regional offices are closed and Marketing Teams across the country have been briefed to work from home. All these decisions are effective from today until further notice.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank in advance all the critical-team members who will continue to support our departments and customers, especially our service teams from Tractor and Engines Division. The Engines service team is doing their best to service the telecom sector and emergency operations across the country. I would also like to recognize and appreciate the efforts of the support functions like Admin and IT.

Our communication lines remain open and I request you to reach out to your manager or the respective HR team for any concern or questions. I will be communicating updates as and when they occur. Stay tuned to my messages, it may reach you via different channels – emails and WhatsApp. Do share and circulate these messages widely amongst your team and colleagues within the organization. Duplicity doesn’t matter – just ensure we communicate and keep everyone informed!

The Senior Leadership is continuously assessing and monitoring the situation as it unfolds and I assure you we are well-prepared to handle the crisis. Working from home may be new to most of us and it’s important to recognize that it requires discipline and accountability. It is important to be available to respond to everyone, especially your critical stakeholders, in a timely manner during these times of turmoil and disruption. As we operate as a virtual organization, I urge you to use this time effectively, revisit old projects and utilize this time prepping for business-as-usual, which may arrive without much notice.

Our spirit is beyond damage and well beyond the grasp of this Virus. Let’s pledge to stay positive and do our best to keep our homes and the country safe.

Warm Regards

Sandeep Sinha
Chief Executive Officer
TAFE

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TAFE adjudged ‘Brand of the Year’ at the 2nd Corporate Communication Awards

TAFE’s sustained efforts in areas of brand building, communications and community outreach initiatives were recognized with the ‘Brand of the Year’ award at the 2nd Edition of the Corporate Communications Awards held in Mumbai on 13th February 2020. TAFE’s Corporate Communications team won the ‘Best in-house Corporate Communications Team of the Year’ award at this event.

The jury comprised of senior communication professionals from various corporates. The organizing team received more than 50 applications under various categories and TAFE secured pole position at this event by bagging 5 awards for its brand building, digital marketing and CSR initiatives.

Awards won by TAFE at the event:

  • Brand of the Year
  • Best In-house Corporate Communication Team of the Year
  • Best Use of Content Marketing in Communication Strategy for Massey Ferguson India – Social Media
  • Best CSR Strategy of the Year
  • Best Influencer / External Communication of the Year

This year’s theme being ‘Bringing value, creating impact, generating authenticity and increase credibility to the brand with the evolving role of a Communications Specialist’, the event witnessed several panel discussions on topics pertaining to communications technology, disruption, crisis communication, content strategy, brand audits and managing influencers.

Chief Communications Officers, Communication Directors, senior corporate communication executives and teams from more than 30 corporates including Vodafone, Bayer, Aditya Birla Group, Mahindra & Mahindra, Bennett Coleman & Co., Biocon, TATA Power, Wadia Group, Bombay Dyeing, CMS Info Systems, Sembcorp Energy, Bajaj Allianz, etc., had participated in this event.

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TAFE Farmers’ Day in Khammam, Telangana brings together Farmers and Agri-Experts

Continuing its efforts to engage and empower the farming community, TAFE – Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited recently organized its Farmers’ Day event at Khammam, Telangana. Over 500 farmers from various districts around Khammam participated in this event. Dr. P Jagan Mohan Rao, Associate Director of Research, Regional Agricultural Research Station from Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU) was the Chief Guest for this event.

The farmers were introduced to the best practices in cultivation, right from sowing to post-harvest processing through knowledge-sharing sessions and workshops. These sessions were filled with information specific to the region, besides demonstrating the correct usage of tractors and farm machinery to enhance the efficiency and productivity of the farmers. Progressive farmers from the state were also recognized for their contribution to agriculture. A multi-implement demo and an MF Tech Zone were also setup at the venue, where farmers were educated on the latest technology and developments in the field of agriculture.

One of the key CSR initiatives of TAFE – Farmers’ Day celebrates this special occasion, dedicated to the farming community, providing them a platform to interact with renowned agricultural scientists and experts from leading universities and agri-research institutes. The experience-rich agri-scientists of TAFE’s own adaptive agricultural research centre – JFarm, based at Chennai, Tamil Nadu, and Bhawanimandi, Rajasthan, play a significant role in this event.

Over the past 14 years, TAFE has been engaging with the farming community in various parts of India, including Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Haryana and Telangana, through this platform. Farmers’ Day has led to farmers adapting newer cultivation methods resulting in higher yields and productivity. Topics likes best practices in cultivation, irrigation, soil preparation, crop protection, crop management and seed technologies, along with modern farm mechanization practices are covered in the event.

The first Farmers’ Day was conducted in 2006 in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. It is noteworthy to mention that TAFE has been organizing Farmers’ Day for 14 consecutive years and has impacted the lives of thousands of farmers across India.

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TAFE Chairman appointed to the Global Board of 
U.S.-India Business Council

Mallika Srinivasan, Chairman – Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited (TAFE), has been appointed to the Global Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC). This appointment takes immediate effect as she joins a prestigious list of CEOs and executives on USIBC’s 35-member board.

On her induction to the board of USIBC, Mallika Srinivasan said: “USIBC has been the premier voice of the industry, forging strong connections between businesses and Governments in India and USA. Fostering strong and inclusive growth in trade and investment relations between both the countries, USIBC has been a key catalyst of positive bilateral engagement and transformative reforms. With TAFE’s demonstrated belief in the benefits of a stronger economic cooperation between American and Indian corporates and our focus on mechanization and agricultural development, I look forward to the opportunity of engaging effectively in USIBC’s initiatives towards a continuously strengthening  eco-system that promotes stronger economic partnership between India and the US.”

Mallika Srinivasan, is additionally on the boards of the AGCO Corporation – USA, TATA Steel Limited and TATA Global Beverages Limited. She is a member of the Executive Board of the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, the Governing Boards of the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, and Bharathidasan Institute of Management, Trichy.

Shekar Ayyar from VMware, Rajan Navani from Jetline Group of Companies and David Taghioff from Library Pictures International have also been appointed to the Global board of USIBC along with
Mallika Srinivasan.

Formed in 1975 at the request of the U.S. and Indian governments, the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) represents top global companies operating across the United States and India. USIBC serves as the premier voice of industry, creating connections between businesses and governments in both countries. The Council works with members to identify, advance and advocate key policy priorities. Through its work, USIBC supports strong and inclusive growth in trade and investment relations between India and the United States.

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TAFE signs MoU with PJTSAU to setup J-Farm & Product Training Centre in Telangana

TAFE signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU), the only Farm University of Telangana State, to set up an adaptive research & agricultural extension centre and Product Training Centre, similar to “J-Farm” in Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan.

The university will be providing 30 acres of its land on a ‘right-to-use’ basis to setup ‘J-Farm & PTC Telangana’. Through this, TAFE aims to educate farmers on promoting organic farming in line with its focus on sustainable agriculture through an emphasis on soil conservation, use of natural inputs, long-term productivity, increased farm income, health and well-being.

The adaptive research and agricultural extension centre will facilitate the implementation of appropriate agro-technology through active participation and collaboration with farmers. It will also promote specialized agriculture-related education and vocational skills and the growth of employment opportunities in the field of agriculture.

TAFE through its Product Training Centre aims to help educate the farmers on the integrated mechanization model of TAFE that combines the use of tractors and relevant machinery in farming. The farmers will be trained on operation and servicing of tractors, equipment and machinery. It will also promote the adoption of relevant mechanization in agriculture using locally suited equipment especially suited for the terrains of Telangana.