The India Agricultural Tractor Market is expected to experience a compound annual growth rate of 8.9% from 2022 to 2027

In October 2022, the Tractor industry in India saw record sales due to festive demand, with a total of 1.24 lakh units sold. This marked an approximately 11% increase in Year-Over-Year sales for Mahindra and Mahindra, the leading tractor manufacturer in India. The COVID-19 pandemic had little impact on the tractor industry in India, with sales only declining in April 2020 due to lockdown measures. However, demand for agricultural machinery, including tractors, increased for the remainder of the period – 2020 to 2021 due to higher Kharif sowing, favourable cash flow for farmers, a typical monsoon season, increased rural government spending, and the lifting of lockdown restrictions.

In addition, the recent announcement of higher minimum support prices for the rabi crop has led to an increase in agriculture-term loans taken out by individual farmers. The long-term growth of tractor volume in India is likely due to government initiatives for rural development and farm mechanization, as well as factors such as high rural salaries and a shortage of farm labor. India is amongst the world’s biggest tractor markets, selling an average of 600,000 to 700,000 units annually between 2016 & 2021. 

In the Indian market, 2-wheel drive tractors are more common than four-wheel drive tractors, and local OEMs like Mahindra & Mahindra, TAFE, International Tractors (Sonalika), and Escorts dominate the market. International tractor producers such as John Deere & Company and CNH have also entered the market and established a significant presence.

A Preview into the Past

Tractor output reached its zenith in 1961 at 880 units annually. The tractor industry grew quickly from a total use of more than 500,000 units in 1980 to nearly 700,000 units annually in 2020. 

During 2020-2021, the tractor industry saw a significant increase in sales, with a total of 9,88,043 tractors sold. This included a 26.9% increase in domestic sales and a 16.4% increase in exports compared to the previous year. In total, there were 8,99,480 domestic sales and 88,563 export sales, representing an overall increase of 25.9% from the previous year.

Key Figures

  • Escorts Kubota sold 14,500 units in October, a 7.2% increase compared to 2021
  • Tractor volumes expected to grow 6 percent YoY in FY23
  • Tractor registrations increased by 66% compared to the 2021 Festival Season
  • A record 14139 tractors were sold in Oct 2022 in Gujarat alone, A 272% growth compared to 2021
  • Sonalika Tractors clocked its highest-ever deliveries of 20,000 tractors in October 2022, with a 16% billing growth compared to last year.
  • April-October2022  period, total domestic tractor sales grew by 10%

Key Takeaways

  • For FY23, the domestic tractor industry is expected to grow in single digit and could touch a new peak in the current fiscal year.
  • India currently produces roughly 20% of the world’s tractors.
  • In 2021 India Crossed the 1 Million Mark in terms of Number of Tractors Manufactured

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