Mahipal Chary- Semi Automatic Cultivator
Mahipal Chary- Semi Automatic Cultivator, cultivation activities in the villages, New Cultivator. On demand from farmers, Mahipal made a version with ...
There is an acute shortage of labour to undertake cultivation activities in the villages. Erstwhile method of cultivation using cattle is no longer possible as the maintenance of oxen is a costly proposition. The suffering of famers continues in the absence of suitable and affordable farm equipment to take care of weeding etc.
In this scenario Mahipal chary from Warangal district provided a 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 day 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 35,000.
Besides using as cultivator, Mahipal confirms that the engine on the machine can be coupled with an irrigation pump and can be conveniently utilised for drawing water from a deep water source. In fact farmers prefer this machine to save time and effort.
Mahipal’s formal education is restricted to Class 10. However he understood the problems of the farmers and despite the lack of technical background, created this machine at an affordable price of Rs 30,000.
Pallesrujana show cased him in many exhibitions such as NIRD, NAARM, and NIF and provided plenty of visibility through Pallesrujana magazine, website and presentations to plethora of organisations, academia, individuals, industry, Government and financial institutions. All this fetched him good market and he managed to sell 33 pieces in the last one year and more are on the way.