Hello Tractor is an agricultural technology company that has created a service to provide Smart Tractors, which are property of the “owner” users, through a mobile app or simple SMS request to the “farmer” users. The Smart Tractor is a 15 HP tractor equipped with various attachments that can be tailored for variety of crops and stages of the production cycle and is sold and maintained by Hello Tractor.
The service aims to provide upon request a tractor service to farmers to enhance their production capability and increase field production and efficiency.
Hello Tractor also offers Smart Tractor Financing that requires no collateral and has flexible repayment schedules.
Head-quarters are located in Washington, D.C. with additional operations in Abuja, Nigeria and founded by Jehiel Oliver.
Hello Tractor manufactures and distributes the tractors to farmers and entrepreneurs.
Farmers are charged a $75 USD per hectare fee to rent tractor service.
$4,000 USD for the tractor and disc plow, tiller, harrower, and 1yr subscription to the software. Interview with representative
$7,500 USD for the tractor with all the attachments (disc plow, tiller, harrower, water pump and sprinkler, seeder, trailer, harvester) and 1yr subscription to the software.
Customers can utilize a low interest loan with a 3-5 year payback from bank partners such as Fortis MFB and Union Bank.
Trained individuals and farmers who have a need to use a tractor for a short period of time, but cannot afford to purchase a tractor outright. Small investors who want to invest in farming by owning one or more Smart Tractors to lend through Hello Tractor app.
Manufacturing is completed on a batch order process through partnerships in China. interview with representative
Hello Tractor has business process patents, data processing and analytics patents, and software. Interview with representative
Hello Tractor reaches users through channel partners like Syngenta who have high touch relationships with farmers through their distributor networks.
Entrepreneurs can purchase a Smart Tractor from Hello Tractor and manage the tractor on the software network. Renters can request tractor service via SMS and mobile money that is managed on an Android application.
As of September 2016, Hello Tractor has distributed 55 Smart Tractors with 250,000 users networked to their platform. Interview with representative
As of September 2016, Hello Tractor has distributed near 300 monitoring devices.
(smartphone ,feature phone, computer, tablet, other [specify])
(2G, 3G, 4G, LTE,…)
(Connection to market, Microsavings, Supply chain information, Education on farming practices, Weather information, etc)
18 horsepower simplified tractor with a single axle and modular functionality to incorporate different tool requirements. The tractor can be attached to a disc plow, tiller, harrower, water pump and sprinkler, seeder, trailer and harvester that is supplied by Hello Tractor.
518kg weight (with tiller attachment), dimensions: 2680mm x 1030mm x 1290mm, single cylinder, diesel, 4-stroke, direct injection, water cooling engine.
Smart Tractor owners are sent maintenance reminders via SMS and can schedule on-site maintenance by trained Hello Tractor technicians. There is no call center, but after sales support technicians can be reached directly.
Replacement components are available including regular upkeep items and tractor tool attachments.
6 year expected lifetime with a 1 year Hello Tractor warranty. Interview with representative
Automated agricultural equipment can be dangerous and needs to be operated with caution.
The Smart Tractor can be paired with complementary agricultural tools to increase efficiency. Hello Tractor also sells separate monitoring devices.
There is an informative video available on YouTube.
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