TAFE Inspires Mumbai to Join its 'Be a FarmDost' Movement(14:34 Hrs. IST)
MUMBAI, March 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --
The Initiative Drew Participation of Thousands of Citizens Who Pledged Their Support to the Farmers
Celebrating one million #FarmDosts, Tractors and Farm Equipment (TAFE) extended its 'Be a #FarmDost' initiative to the city of Mumbai inviting citizens to join the journey of 'Cultivating the World' Aimed at bridging the gap between farmers and the urban population, thousands of citizens from all walks of life and all ages got a chance to live the farm experience - complete with farmers and tractors - where they enjoyed a unique augmented reality farm experience.
Excited visitors also got a chance to interact with farmers and show their respect and appreciation towards the farming community, a community responsible for feeding and sustaining the nation. The mall-goers and the farmers were quizzed on how they spent their Sunday, where they go for vacation, how they celebrate their birthdays and it was amazing to watch them respond.
Prior to the event, the TAFE #FarmDost team ran a #scarecrowchallenge around Mumbai city, where the travelling #FarmDost brigade urged citizens to pledge their gratitude and support towards the farming community and join the movement.
In their endeavour to create an environment of admiration and respect towards the farming community, TAFE has been encouraging citizens to adopt in-home farming since 2015. To enable in-home farming, TAFE has been supporting FarmDosts with a complimentary DIY 'Farm Dost' seed kits along with an instruction manual. The thought being, once people realize the effort required to take care of just a single crop, in one square foot of land, they would truly realize what the average farmer has to go through, day-in and day-out.
Commenting on the success of the initiative Mr. T. R. Kesavan, President and COO, TAFE said, "TAFE's vision of 'Cultivating the World' takes us beyond farming and through TAFE's #FarmDost initiative, we have been able to actively engage with the community at large. We have always been committed towards empowering the farming community; expressing gratitude to our farmers who help in sustaining and nourishing the nation is the core of this initiative. It is through #FarmDost that we have been able to create a platform where the common man is able to understand, appreciate and respect the contribution of Indian farmers. We have crossed the one million milestone on Facebook and the large number of FarmDosts is a validation that we have been able to sensitize the citizens and the younger generation about the importance of farmers. We've only just begun and have miles to go in our journey of cultivating the world."
Navnath Praji Thawre, farmer from Indrapur Taluka, Maharashtra, third-generation farmer said, "FarmDost is unique in every sense. I'm glad that someone thought of this beautiful concept. TAFE has proved that it's not just in products, but also in its heart to care for farmers. I want my FarmDost friends in Mumbai to know that we as farmers are touched and want to thank them for being our 'Dost '."
#FarmDost is a humble and meaningful initiative by TAFE that highlights the work and life of farmers to the common man thereby bringing farmers to the forefront and celebrating them in the public sphere.
The world's third largest tractor manufacturer and second largest in India by volumes with an annual sale of over 150,000 tractors; TAFE is one of the leading exporters of tractors from India with a turnover in excess of INR 93 billion. TAFE manufactures a range of tractors in the sub 100 hp segment in both the air-cooled and water-cooled platforms and markets them under its three iconic brands - Massey Ferguson, TAFE and Eicher. Apart from India, its products have found excellent acceptance in over 100 countries across the world, including developed countries in Europe and the Americas.
Besides tractors and farm machinery, TAFE manufactures diesel engines, silent gensets, batteries, hydraulic pumps and cylinders, gears and transmission components, and has business interest in vehicle franchises and plantations. TAFE is committed to the Total Quality Movement (TQM) and three of its tractor plants are certified under ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
TAFE was named the 'Best Employer in India 2013' by Aon Hewitt. It has also been presented, the TPM Excellence Award from the Japan Institute of Plant Management several times, the Frost & Sullivan - IMEA Award for significant progress towards reliable processes, the Regional Contributor Award for quality supplies from Toyota Motor Company, Japan, the Manufacturing Supply Chain Operational Excellence - Automobile Award at the second Asia Manufacturing Supply Chain Summit, the Agriculture Leadership Award by Agriculture Today magazine, the Corporate Citizen of the Year Award by Public Relations Council of India, and has also received Commendation for Significant Achievement on the journey towards Business Excellence by the CII-EXIM Bank - Business Excellence Award jury, etc. to name a few.
Prasanna S R