Punjab agriculture varsity signs MoU with TAFE
PUNJAB Agricultural University has signed an MoU with Tractors and Farm Equipment (TAFE), Chennai, to collaborate on academic and research cooperation. The MoU was signed by Prof V K Sehgal, Dean, College of Agricultural Engineering and G Hari, Chief Operating Officer, TAFE. This is a part of promoting industry-institute interface so that faculty scholars and professionals interact on specific academic research requirements in various spheres. TAFE plans to establish training facilities for students and technicians. Riding high on the provisions made in the budget for year 2006-07, the tractor industry is surging ahead on the road to revival after a lull for many years. According to experts, the average life of a tractor is 10-12 years and last two years were the replacement times for the tractor industry. To maintain the pace, companies like Sonalika International Tractors, New Holland and Amar tractors are launching new and the latest models of tractors here in Punjab. New Holland tractors have designed a special model for the potato growers of Jalandhar-Nawanshar-Kapurthale region. This model NH 3600 will be known as potato special. "This model has been designed keeping in consideration the potato growers of Punjab. This year we plan to sell around 1,250 tractors against the sales of 950 last year," says Rajiv Sharma, senior manager, New Holland Tractors.