TAFE, HAU To Develop Sustainable Agriculture Solutions

Chennai-based Tractors and Farm Equipment (TAFE) has entered into a new international collaboration with the UK based Harper Adams University (HAU) to develop advanced technological, agronomic and educational solutions for the delivery of sustainable food production around the world.

The collaboration with HAU’s Agri-EPI centre will include joint research projects and programmes, joint publications and staff exchanges. The areas of research will focus on agriculture, engineering and technology development programmes on autonomous farming and energy efficient implements, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) systems and sensor technologies, and the ‘Hands-free hectare’ project to be implemented at JFarm India – TAFE’s adaptive agriculture research centre.

Besides tractors and farm machinery, TAFE manufactures diesel engines, silent gensets, batteries, hydraulic pumps and cylinders, gears and transmission components, and has business interests in vehicle franchises and plantations. According to TAFE officials, the company has a turnover in excess of US $1.3 billion (Rs 8,769 crore).