May 4, 2022

The Center relaxes emission standards for the agricultural sector

NEW DELHI : The government could again postpone the date of implementation of the new emissions standards for agricultural equipment, because it will lead to higher prices for tractors, combines and tillers, which will add to the woes of the community agriculture in a context of rising inflation.

An official notification extending the deadline for implementing Trem Stage-IV emission standards for the agricultural sector until October 1 is expected to be released early next month, two people with knowledge of the development said.

“Following stricter emission standards for agricultural equipment that meets Euro Stage IV standards would mean that the prices of such equipment would have to be increased by 10-20% for the additional specifications. At a time when inflation is already high, the rising cost of equipment can squeeze farmers’ incomes. More time will help cover some of these issues,” one of the two people said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Motorways had notified changes to the Central Motor Vehicle Rules of 1989, to implement Trem Stage-IV standards for tractors, combines and tillers from October 2020. The deadline was extended to October 2021, then to March. 2022.

The ministry issued a draft notice extending the deadline for the new emission standards in April, the second person said. However, it is awaiting feedback from stakeholders before finalizing an October deadline or beyond, if industry can convince the government of its concerns.

The government first proposed Bharat (Trem) Stage I emission standards for agricultural tractors in 1999. From Bharat (Trem) Stage III A, emission requirements for agricultural tractors were harmonized with the construction machinery for most engine categories. In March 2018, India also adopted Bharat Stage (CEV/Trem) IV – V emission standards for non-road diesel engines used in construction and agricultural equipment. CEV stands for Construction Equipment Vehicles.

Bharat Stage (CEV/Trem) IV emission standards are aligned with EU Stage IV standards, while Bharat Stage (CEV/Trem) V standards are aligned with EU Stage V.

In September 2020, the CEV and Trem standards were separated. For agricultural equipment, the standards are Trem Stage IV and V, which follow different emission parameters than CEVs.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare did not respond to questions until press time.

However, people familiar with the development said the government was looking at all aspects, including cost, before introducing strict standards for farm equipment.

The government is also moving cautiously in implementing new standards for the agricultural sector which could increase costs after the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi repealed the three agricultural laws which had sparked widespread protests from farmers. farmers.

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