TAFE’s ‘ JFarm Services ’, a CSR initiative, was launched in Tamil Nadu in partnership with the State Government. Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, Minister of Agriculture R Doraikkannu, and Principal Secretary – Department of Agriculture Gagandeep Singh Bedi were present. It aims to increase easy access to farm mechanization solutions through rental of tractors and modern farm equipment to these small and marginal farmers, provide localized weather forecast, latest mandi prices, agri-news alerts and advisory, enhancing their productivity and increasing their income significantly.
The Tamil Nadu Govt’s Uzhavan app offers 12 key agriculture services to farmers, that include real-time information on crop prices and weather updates, subsidy and government schemes forms, crop insurance and compensation. The JFarm Services App is being integrated with the Uzhavan app to offer farmers information on tractor and farm machinery rental services – the unique Farmer-2-Farmer feature allows farmers to rent their existing tractors and farm equipment to other farmers seeking to
Mallika Srinivasan, Chairman & CEO – TAFE, said: “TAFE, through JFarm Services has collaborated with the Government of Tamil Nadu to support the state in making farm mechanization available to small and marginal farmers through the shared economy model, to create sustainable agricultural productivity and growth for the state.”
The JFarm Services App will connect tractor owners and Custom Hiring Centres (CHCs) operated by tractors and equipment owners directly to farmers seeking farm mechanization solutions, thereby facilitating a fair and transparent rental process
With this pioneering platform, TAFE brings the benefits of the technology-enabled sharing economy to boost the income
Farmers can hire tractors and equipment via the JFarm Services Android App or by contacting the toll-free helpline 1800-4-200- 100 / 1800-208-4242. The App can be used on low-cost Android phones, is designed to run on very little data and can be used in Tamil apart from the various other regional languages.
JFarm Services has a presence in states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Bihar, Odisha, Jharkhand, Telangana and Tamil Nadu, and has directly benefitted about 80,000 users resulting in over 380,000 hours in hired farm machinery usage.