‘Exempt sales and service of farm equipment from lockdown’

Farm equipment makers are trying to find exemption from the lockdown to operate their revenue and support centres to cater to the farmers’ prerequisite through the rabi harvest year.

Crops these kinds of as wheat and gram are prepared for harvest across main parts of North India.

The Centre has exempted farm inputs these kinds of as fertilisers, seeds and pesticides from lockdown. Although the inter- and intra-Point out motion of farm equipment these kinds of as brings together and harvesters, the implementation of the order is lousy on the ground. “We are urging the Governing administration to look at putting farm equipment in the exempt classification and allow for functions of revenue and support centres,” said Shenu Agarwal, CEO of Escorts’ Farm Equipment business.

Farmers would need the want of support centres to get their tractors and other gear fixed ahead of the harvest year. Any gear obtained two decades in the past wants some fix or support. Moveover, gear these kinds of as threshers, which are applied only through the harvest year, wants servicing prior to they could be place to use. Also, some farmers would like to obtain some new gear or spares to carry our their harvest and the subsequent sowing functions, Agarwal said.

Although States these kinds of as Haryana and Bihar have exempted farm equipment from lockdown, matters are various on the ground. As a consequence, men and women are not allowed to operate their revenue and support centres. “We are trying to request the local authorities in these States to allow for the sale and support of farm gear,” Agarwal said.