Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited (TAFE) continuing its ceaseless efforts to engage and empower farmers, successfully celebrated its 12th successive ‘Farmers’ Day’. An annual event of India’s second largest tractor manufacturer, the Farmer’s Day was held in Ankleshwar, Gujarat and saw enthusiastic participation from 350 farmers across the state.
TAFE’s ‘Farmers’ Day’ is a platform for farmers to interact with renowned agricultural scientists from leading universities and agri-research institutes. Dr. K Srinivasan – Chief Scientist, Agricultural Research (JFarm – Chennai), welcomed the esteemed gathering and Mr. S Ramakrishnan – TAFE CITO (Chief Information & Technology Officer) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Champion delved into the history and intent behind TAFE Farmers’ Day while also talking about the various CSR initiatives of TAFE. The chief guest Dr. Kantilal Giridharbhai Patel – Principal, College of Agriculture in Bharuch spoke about the significance of such events by discerning corporates and also the need to adopt new techniques and technologies in agriculture.
The speakers at the event also included Dr. Anil Chinchmalatpure – Head, Regional Station, CSSRI, Bharuch; Dr. S R Patel and Dr. J G Patel – College of Agriculture, Bharuch; Dr. P K Gupta – JFarm, Rajasthan and Dr. B G Solanki – Main Cotton Research, Surat. They shared best practices in methods of improvement of salinity problems in black soil, advances in the crop production technology of banana and cotton and production technologies to increase yield of pulses, while also discussing the way forward for agriculture.
At the event, TAFE also distributed free Mango saplings to all the farmers attending the ‘Farmers’ Day’ for planting in their fields and residences. These much sought after saplings are suited for the weather and soil conditions of the region. The event also witnessed field activities organized for the farmers such as hitching and unhitching, trailer reversing, finding the missing components and quizzes that focused on seeking active participation from farmers. A special ceremony was organized where progressive farmers were honoured for their contribution and excellence in agriculture.
TAFE has been consistently organizing Farmers’ day every year since 2005 in different states such as Madurai, Tanjore, Alwarkuruchi, Hosur and Kovilpatti in Tamil Nadu, Doddaballapur in Karnataka, Rudrapur in Uttarakhand, Ongole in Andhra Pradhesh, Jodhpur in Rajasthan and Patna in Bihar. The heartfelt appreciation from the farmers year after year has been the inspiration that has powered TAFE Farmers’ Day consecutively for 12 years.
The people involved in organizing the Farmers’ Day event included people from across TAFE, led by the CSR team. Scientists from TAFE’s JFarm – an adaptive agriculture research centre, also play a significant role in organizing and conducting the Farmer’s Day event.
We congratulate all the organizers for having conducted yet another successful Farmers’ Day!
Click the images below to get a glimpse of the 12th Farmers’ Day in Ankleshwar.