Booming sales Tractor
Tractor industry recorded booming production and sales in
February 2012 while heavy vehicle segment continued to face
laggard sales. Pick-ups, two- and three-wheeler sales also
posted positive growth.
Al Ghazi (Fiat) produced and sold 2,121 and 3,571 units in
February as compared to 4 and 204 units in January
However, the overall sales of Fiat tractors in July-February
2011-2012 fell to 7,436 units as compared to 18,005 units.
According to figures released by Pakistan Automotive
Manufacturers Association (PAMA), Millat Tractor (Massey
Ferguson) produced and sold 3,606 and 5,335 units in
February as compared to 1,453 and 165 units in January.
Sales in July-February 2011-2012 dropped to 14,505 units as
compared to 27,514 units in the same period of last fiscal
Farmers/growers resumed their tractor buying activity after
reduction in general sales tax (GST) on farm machinery to
five from 16 per cent coupled with decision to resume
loaning facility by Zari Taraqiati Bank.
The tractor industry suffered the most difficult period from
July 2011 to January 2012 in terms of sharp decline in sales
and production as growers/farmers became reluctant to lift
tractors after the imposition of 16 per cent GST in April
The government finally reduced the GST to five per cent on
January 20, 2012 and later issued an SRO which also helped
in clearing of thousands of unsold tractors parked at the
factories and countrywide dealership networks.
General Manager Sales and Marketing Balochistan Wheels
Limited Shaikh Mohammad Iqbal told Dawn that Millat Tractors
had planned to produce 5,000 tractors each in March, April
and May followed by 3,000 tractors each by Al Ghazi in the
next two months.
These companies had issued firm and tentative requirements
of parts to their vendors. He added that Millat Tractors had
also started double shift to meet the burgeoning demand.
He said that the government had sanctioned Rs6.9 billion to
the ZTBL for distribution of loans to the agriculture
He added that PAAPAM had urged its members in the last
week’s meeting in Lahore to streamline their production of
parts and accessories.
In heavy vehicles, truck sales (Hino, Nissan, Master and
Isuzu) plunged to 1,460 units from 1,784 units while bus
sales (Hino, Nissan, Master and Isuzu) fell to 302 units
from 340 units.
A leading Japanese heavy vehicle assembler said that
institutional buying of buses was below normal. Commercial
operators of buses also backed off after meteoric price in
bus chassis after imposition of 16 per cent GST in July 2011
coupled with impact of losing value of the rupee against the
dollar which further pushed up prices.In trucks, besides
impact of high price on account of 16 per cent GST, the
arrival of smuggled trucks in the markets lured many new
buyers due to low price while demand for new trucks was also
hit by suspension in NATO supplies to Afghanistan. However,
Korean and Chinese made trucks benefited due to their low
In pick-ups, Suzuki Ravi and Toyota Hilux sales increased to
10,739 and 2,561 units in July-February 2011-2012 as
compared to 9,903 and 1,374 units.
Two wheelers sector also performed well. Sale of Honda and
Suzuki bikes reached 384,801 and 14,404 units as compared to
356,997 and 13,103 units. Qingqi and Habib bike sales 2,003
and 17,865 units as compared to 1,892 and 12,946 units.
Saazgar three wheeler sales grew to 11,791 from 10,522,
while Qingqi three wheeler sales improved to 14,946 from
Courtesy: The DAWN