In a way, Jivajibhai Datada of Gujarat is among the pioneers to pull Indian farming out of the bullock-cart age. The ubiquitous motor-cycle has raised his imagination. Hard pressed as he was about maintaining farm animals, he decided to use the motor-cycle instead of his pair of bullocks in the field. The result has been wonderful. Farming has been faster, simpler ever since. Jivajibhai has put the functional idea in practice in a simple way. He took a clamp and fitted it to the pillion side of his motor-cycle. He then fitted the cultivator to the clamp hook with a nodal nail. That is not all: he made quite a technical feat in manufacturing a ladder-like joint for the purpose. He took a pair of three-feet-long and one-inch thick pipes, fixed or welded to a steel rod of 34 inches length. He got holes drilled into the pipes, into which bolts were either welded or driven. He made the holes with the planting area to be covered in mind. He fitted three to four jaws to the steel rod. The contraption now appears like a ladder. To the open ends of the pipes, a circular ring is attached with nuts and bolts to make it suitable to carry the extra-pillion of the motor-cycle. The implement can further be strengthened by fitting an extra-steel rod between two pipes. This novel contraption is used for tilling, sowing and inter-culturing in the field. The cost of this implement is about Rs.1000.
Link: Farming has been faster, simpler
Manufacturing Capacity: b) Design Support c) Sub-contracting e) Franchising
Problem Scale: Remote villages of India
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