Stricter emission norms for tractors and farm equipment deferred again

To give tractor and other farm equipment manufacturers a boost, the Department of Transport has postponed the introduction of stricter emissions standards for another six months. According to officials in the know, this is the result of global supply chain problems and demands from manufacturers.

Officials say this has led to consultations within government that concluded that the global chip shortage, among other things, will hinder the implementation of these standards.

It was initially planned to introduce the next stage of tractor emission standards (TREM Stage-IV) from October 1, 2020. It was later decided to postpone this date to October 1, 2021 and then to April 1, 2022. The center has now decided to apply these stricter emission standards from October 1, 2022.

This step will be a relief for manufacturers of agricultural machinery such as tractors, tillers and combines.

The center had released the final rules for emission standards for agricultural tractors in March 2018. This made India the first region outside the European Union to develop such strict emission standards. The country led the way against countries such as the United States, Japan and China in controlling emissions from new diesel-powered off-road machinery.

But the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent blockages in the global supply chain have fueled fears of increased costs and burdens on farmers. It is expected that stricter emission standards for agricultural machinery meeting Euro Stage IV could cause the prices of this equipment to increase by 10-20%.

According to

, these new standards are unlikely to be a major disruptor. The current TREM Stage-III A emissions standards apply to tractors in various horsepower categories in India. These existing standards have been phased in from April 2010 and 2011. The revised TREM IV emissions standards will apply to tractors over 50 horsepower. This is expected to affect only about 10% of total industry volumes.

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