Investment in a fuel-efficient tractor to ensure high productivity
A female farmer from Sangoba village of Nosiri Khusrav invests in a new MTZ 82.2 tractor, which is 20% more fuel-efficient compared to her old tractor.
Ms. Baymuradova works with 8 members of her family in a 3-hectare farm and additionally rents another 2 hectares. She grows different fruits, onion, cotton, corn and wheat.
Her husband is a tractor driver and also works in the farm. In addition, he provides plowing services to the neighbouring farms. Besides, he is a mechanic and repairs agricultural machinery. Over the years, their tractor has worn out and it has become necessary to purchase a new, more fuel-efficient tractor. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, people are less likely to go to work in the fields than before due to restrictions in mobility. Mechanization has reduced the need for labour while ensuring high productivity.
With this purpose, Ms. Baymuradova approached one of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) partner banks for a GEFF loan of US$ 19,700 and invested in a new fuel-efficient tractor MTZ 82.2. The old tractor consumed around 23,520 liters of diesel fuel per year for plowing the fields, and the new one – around 19,600 liters. Higher fuel efficiency of the tractor will result in a 20% reduction in fuel consumption..
The availability of the European Union (EU) investment incentive of 30% makes the financing more accessible to farmers.
«With a new tractor, we do the same work faster and with less cost, efficiency has increased. Also, the provision of plowing services to neighbouring farms brings its own income, later, with the support of the GEFF, we also want to buy a loader.” asserted Ms. Baymuradova.
GEFF Tajikistan [Agricultural Value Chains] helps Tajik farmers and agribusinesses adopt technology solutions that can enhance competitiveness of the agricultural value chains. The program supports gender activities that aim to enhance women and men’s equal opportunity to access finance for green technologies.