SAS MOTORS launched its new Angad 240D-22HP tractor at a programme organised at Hotel Amarvilas on Wednesday. Addressing media persons on the occasion, SAS Motors executive vice president Gautam Das said Angad 240 D that comes loaded with 22-horse power single cylinder engine was a pioneering initiative to make effective low cost mechanisation available to farmers with small land holdings in the country.
Das added Angad priced at Rs 2.5 lakh along with trolley and other accessories could be considered more economical than a pair of bullocks.
Stressing on the company’s objective to provide low cost farming mechanisation Das said the tractor was 25 per cent more fuel efficient than other tractors and cost 60 per cent less in maintenance.
The tractor is capable of hauling three tons of load and runs 12 kilometre to 14 kilometre per litre (diesel). The company has imported tractors’ components from Laiyang SAS Motors Ltd, China and assembled all the components at its three plants located at Baramati near Pune, Bhopal and Kolkata. The company has sold over 3,000 units of tractors during the span of the last one-and-a-half-years and aims at selling 5,000 units this year.
Gautam Das also said SAS Motors a newly formed company had also taken an initiative to teach mechanisation technique to people at grass roots level through its ‘Angad Krishi Seva Kendra’. Under this organisation agriculture graduates are trained to operate agril service centres at villages under ‘Agri clinic/ agro service centre scheme’ run by the Government.
The Kendra would also provide tractors, power tillers and matching implements to farmers on hire at an affordable cost. Das said Angad was the only tractor that could also be financed under the Pradhan Mantri Swarozgar Yojana and could be used for custom hiring.
The company also provides tractor on finance scheme on down payment of Rs 37,500 with an easy monthly installment of Rs 2,709. The company will also launch its 35 HP tractor and another small tractor for Indian farmers in the near future.