Gadkari to launch India’s first CNG Tractor on Friday

Such tractors could save as much as lakh annually on fuel costs for farmers 

Rajendra S Markuna: India’s first-ever diesel tractor, converted into CNG, will be formally launched by the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways,  Nitin Gadkari, on Friday.

The conversion, carried out jointly by Rawmatt Techno Solutions and  Tomasetto Achille India, will help farmers increase their income, by lowering costs, and help to create job opportunities in rural India.

Union Ministers  Dharmendra Pradhan, Narendra Singh Tomar,  Parshottam Rupala and Gen.(Retd)  VK Singh will also be present at the launch.

The most important benefit for the farmer will be to save more than  one lakh rupees annually on fuel costs, which will help them to improve their livelihood.

It is a clean fuel as it has the lowest content of carbon and other pollutants. It is economical as it has zero lead and is non-corrosive, non-dilutive and non-contaminating which helps in increasing the life of the engine and it requires less regular maintenance.

It is cheaper as CNG prices are far more consistent than fluctuating petrol prices and the average mileage of CNG vehicles is better than that of diesel/petrol driven vehicles.

It is safer as CNG tanks come with a tight seal, which reduces the possibility of explosion while refuelling or in the event of a spill. It is part of ‘Waste to Wealth’ as stubble (Parali) can be used as a raw material for producing Bio-CNG which will help the farmers to earn money by selling it to the Bio-CNG production units in their locality.

The more specific benefits of converting the tractor to CNG for a farmer are :  the test reports indicates that the retrofitted tractor produces more power/equal in comparison to diesel-run engine.

Overall emissions are reduced by 70% as compared to diesel.

It will help farmers to save up to 50% on the fuel cost as the current diesel prices are Rs.77.43/L whereas CNG is only Rs.42/kg.


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