India’s first-ever diesel tractor converted to CNG was formally launched by the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari. The conversion, carried out jointly by Rawmatt Techno Solutions & Tomasetto Achille India, will help farmers increase their income by lowering costs, and allow to create job opportunities in rural India.
Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan, Narendra Singh Tomar, Parshottam Rupala and General V K Singh were also present at the launch. The most important benefit for the farmer will be to save up to 50% on the fuel costs, i.e. 150,000 rupees (about US$ 2,000) annually, which will help them to improve their livelihood.
The government will start establishing conversion centers for CNG kits on tractors, with plans to set up these workshops in every district.
The test reports indicates that the retrofitted vehicle produces more power/equal in comparison to a diesel-run engine tractor. In addition, the overall emissions are reduced by 70% as compared to diesel.
The new CNG tractor is owned by Minister Gadkari, who was awarded the registration certificate by Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan.
“Agricultural residue is used as a feedstock to produce bio-CNG. Tractors driven on CNG will significantly reduce pollution and also help in boosting income of farmers as they will further be encouraged to sell their agricultural residue to bio-CNG units near them,” commented Pradhan.
Source: India Press Information Bureau