Innovation: Semi Automatic cultivator
facing unique problems as a result of public policies. These
problems adversely affect their productivity and hence their
financial state is tending towards South. One such problem
is the lack of sufficient labour in the villages for
undertaking cultivation activity in the fields on hire
basis. The acute shortage of helping hands to undertake
weeding etc impacts the standing crops adversely if not
attended in time. Erstwhile method of cultivation using
cattle is no longer possible as the maintenance of oxen is a
costly proposition. No affordable farm equipment to address
this problem exists in the Indian Market. The suffering of
farmers continues in the absence of a suitable equipment.
Mahipal chary provided the solution by developing a
cultivator which can be used by farmers in fields with some
moisture. The machine is mounted with 4 hp engine. Its width
is 22 inches. This enables the farmer to use this cultivator
in crops whose row distance is more than 22 inches.
Accelerator is provided in the left hand grip and the
machine is maneuvered by two hands with the handle provided
as can be seen in the picture above. An average farmer can
cultivate 3-4 acres per say with this machine. Diesel
requirement is one litre/acre.
On demand from farmers, Mahipal made a version with 5 hp
engine which can be used for light ploughing in the fruit
gardens and other such farms. Price of this machine is Rs
35000 all other performance parameters remaining same.
Besides using as cultivator, Mahipal confirms that the
engine on the machine can be coupled to an irrigation pump
and can conveniently utilized for drawing water from a deep
water source. In fact farmers prefer this machine use of the
machine as cultivatorís idle time could be utilized for
irrigating the crops.
A grassroots innovator with formal education upto 10
standard, Mahipal visualized the problems of the farmers and
with no technological background and support, innovated a
very appropriate machine at an affordable price of Rs 30000.
This is remarkable and has a great impact on the millions of
farmers if properly scaled up in manufacture and
distribution across the country.
An innovation deserves recognition for bringing happiness to
farmers by filling their dire need void and also the
innovator and ward which could provide as an inspiration to
many such unsung creative people in the backyard of our