Name of the
Innovator: Tondapi Guraviah
Innovation: Seed Dispenser and Herbi sprayer
seen over six decades of life and has been a devoted farmer.
Though he fulfilled his family commitments and there is no
need for him to continue farming, Guraviah has not stopped
farming. He actively involves in the farmer community
activity. In one such farmers’ meeting, an Agri Scientist
challenged the group of armers present to develop a custom
machine to dispense the maize seeds for zero tillage farming
in the paddy fields immediately after farming. The challenge
was accepted by Guraviah. He had a clear idea of the device
which can meet the needs of the farmers for the purpose
stated above. However, he did not had the requisite
technical knowledge to make such a device. Nevertheless,
Guraviah was sure that he would deliver the device.
He approached the nearest Agri Engineering College in
Bapatla and sought technical assistance and fund support for
the project. Some help came and he could prove the concept.
He became more confident of the outcome. College could not
help further due to its inability to support such projects.
He was then supported by Palle Srujana and linked him to
NABARD. With the fund support available and the mentoring
provided by Palle Srujana, Guraviah set about making the
He adopted a very novel method of developing the device.
With the help of one young mechanic from nearby town,
Guraviah made a device and invited many farmers in the
village for its demonstration. He ensured that the mechanic
is also present for each demonstration. Farmers provide free
views on the device during the trials and make very
significant suggestions based in their pain points. Guraviah
quietly sit down and listen to all the suggestions and go
back for improving it. He also provided the farmers a good
lunch after every demonstration. Guraviah will improve the
device further based on the feedback of the farmers and
arrange for the next trials. He iterated the development of
the device 5 times by public brain storming during the
Public demonstration of the device. What came out finally
was totally acceptable to all the farmers. The entire
process took only 3 months. The device is now ready for
freezing the design and takes up manufacture.
Guraviah’s device does five functions: Makes furrows, drops
the seed, adds fertilizer, closes the furrow and sprays
weedicide between the furrows.
Guraviah with his enthusiasm to serve the farmer fraternity,
and decades of experience in farming evolved a new model of
developing innovation by public brainstorming and ensured a
quickest way of developing farm equipment.
Nominated for the Award by Palle Srujana
President: Brig (Retd.) P Ganesham, VSM