Agriculture without power is simply difficult. Smallholder farmers had previously relied on off farm labor to carry out farm activities such as harvesting, ridging, planting and so on. However, in recent times, this labor has become largely inaccessible due to factors including an aging farm population as well as rapid urbanization. Thankfully, tractors are a better, more efficient and cheaper alternative to manual labor and are gradually becoming more and more readily available for smallholders across the world.
Tractors come in different brands, shapes and sizes, and with a host of attachments such as the planter, harvester, disc plough, trailer and others to support the farmer’s work. There are smaller tractors such as the two wheel tractor with horsepower as low as 15 and there are bigger four wheel tractors with horsepowers ranging between 65hp to as high as 620hp. With wheels designed to move steadily on uneven grounds, these machines work well on even the most difficult fields.
Statistics over the years have shown that tractors not only save farmers working time on the field, but also save them significant amounts of money which they would otherwise have had to spend on manual labor. Though many smallholders do not have the means to purchase tractors for themselves, models such as tractor-sharing platforms are enabling farmers access mechanization services whenever they need it.
In sub-saharan Africa and across other parts of the world, farmers are seen to make use of both the four-wheel and two-wheel tractors for farming. There’s usually a tendency to put these two types of tractors against each other, trying to figure out which is best for the farmers. The truth, however, is that they are both equally useful in helping farmers cultivate their lands. If you’d like to learn more about the offerings of the two types of tractors, see more information in their brochures below: