John Deere India, a subsidiary of the US farm equipment major Deere & Company, is evaluating the possibility of signing more public-private partnerships (PPPs) with state governments. Early this year, the company entered into a PPP with the Gujarat government under which it deployed 529 tractors, each with a set of 13 implements, for the benefit of marginalised tribal farmers within that state. Launching the company's new 60-hp smart tractor recently, Narendar Ghuman, Vice-President, John Deere India, said, "The three-month-old tie-up with the Gujarat government is under experimentation. If proved successful, we will go forward with signing PPPs with other state governments as well." John Deere, which currently enjoys an 8-per cent share of the Indian tractor market, exported 16,000 units besides delivering 35,000 units to the domestic market last year (November-October financial year). "The tractor industry in the country is on a positive trend over the last five years and we expect it to continue the momentum. We are expanding our capacities with that hope," said Mahesh Boolchandani, Senior Deputy General Manager (Marketing Services) of John Deere India. John Deere, which has its 80,000-unit per year tractor manufacturing facility in Pune, is looking at setting up a new plant in the northern region as part of its Rs 450-crore expansion plan. Boolchandani said the new plant will have capacities similar to the Pune facility.