Government of India Donates 500 Mahindra Tractors to Government of Sri Lanka
In October 2010, the Government of India donated 500 Mahindra tractors to the Government of Sri Lanka, to help the rural population in North Sri Lanka. M/s DIMO, the Mahindra dealer in Sri Lanka, was awarded the contract for supply of these tractors.
The first batch of 52 tractors was handed over to Hon. Basil Rajapaksha, Minister of Economic Development, Sri Lanka, by HE, Mr. Ashok K. Kantha, High Commissioner of India in Colombo. The ceremony was attended by Hon. Rishad Bathiyudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce, Hon. Dogulas Devananda, Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprises Development and Major General (Retd.) G. A. Chandrasiri, Governor of the Northern Province.
All 500 tractors are equipped with a complete set of farm implements - a 9 tine tiller, a rotavator, two furrow disc ploughs and a cage wheel. While expressing his delight that the Government of India had chosen to donate Mahindra tractors to the Government of Sri Lanka, Mr. P. N. Shah, Chief Executive, International Operations, AFS, said, “The Mahindra Group has a long and enduring association with Sri Lanka, which is an important market for us and this is our way of helping in the nation-building process.”
Mahindra already has a base in Sri Lanka, where the company has been selling its range of tractors and utility vehicles for over a decade. The 575 DI and the 605 tractor models are very popular in this country.
The Mahindra Group now plans to further consolidate its presence in Sri Lanka by expanding the tractor range, offering agricultural implements along with tractors and increasing the service network to serve customers better.