technology provided harvesters to the farmers which are high
cost and voluminous. They consume lot of fossil fuels and
also costly to hire by marginal farmers. One of the major
difficulties in using such harvester is that the straw is
cut into pieces and the disposal of the dust is a problem
for the farmer. He loses on two counts. Firstly, the hey is
lost and creates shortages for feeding his cattle. Secondly,
the straw dust created by the harvester is burnt in the
fields, creating known and unknown adverse effects on the
soil, environment and the life below the earth and above it.
Marginal farmers desire to have appropriate mechanization to
resolve their problem of labour to manually harvest their
fields. Yada Venkateshwar rao from Tiruvur Village, Dist
Khammam developed such machine which is self propelled and
cuts the paddy as is cut manually by a sickle and puts aside
for collection manually. It harvests the paddy like cutting
manually with sickle.
The Innovator Venkateshwar Rao used the three wheeler engine
thus making it easily maintainable locally. It consumes one
litre diesel for one hour and can harvest one acre. 8-10
acres per day can be harvested thus increasing the speed of
harvesting and catering to the shortage of labour which is
faced by the farmer. The performance of the Harvester has
satisfaction amongst the farmer community and many are
willing to buy it. Estimated cost is Rs 1.3 lakhs. Its cost
of hiring would be cheaper than the present combined
harvester. At present, the Innovator is geared up to supply
the machines if sufficient working capital is provided to
him as loan.
Venkateshwar Rao by his creative ability and good
comprehension of the problem faced by millions of farmers
across the Nation, innovated an affordable and appropriate
machine for harvesting of paddy crops for the marginal
farmers. Considering that he is a farmer and a school
dropout, the compassion, empathy and samvedana with which he
developed harvester deserves due recognition and
encouragement. The impact it makes on the millions of
farmers and their cattle is beyond computation as it would
be recurring and cumulative.
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