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The world's first accessible tractor is set to help farmers with lower limb disabilities work in fields independently. Produced in Curitiba, Brazil, the TL5 'Acessivel', was created in partnership with the inclusive mobility companies, Elevitta, Arteprima and Senai from Sao Leopoldo (state of Rio Grande do Sul).
Fernando Dalmolin, a New Holland customer, was hit by a falling tree trunk in 2022 and spent 60 days in hospital. He had surgery and experienced a serious infection - which led to becoming paraplegic. Determined to continue his work in the field, Fernando was delighted to be involved in the development and release of the TL5 Acessivel.
"This is just what people with disabilities like mine need to be able to work independently in the field. I am very happy and excited to be a part of this ground-breaking project," said Fernando.
A recent national health survey reported that there are 7.8 million people with lower limb disabilities in Brazil. Many of these people live in rural communities and could benefit from this innovation.
"With the launch of this accessible tractor, we want to empower people. It is not just a question of making new technology available in the agricultural machinery market, but also enabling people with disabilities to carry out their occupations with independence," added Paulo Maximo, Director of Commercial Marketing for New Holland Agriculture Latin America.