In this world of technology, India is remarked as a land of farmers. And if innovations can’t serve for the cause of the nation, the former turns worthless. Modern day innovators grace the legacy for the benefits of the country and its economy and the best example for the same can be cited with the paddy transplanter developer by Idea and Innovation Cell of VSSUT,Burla.
Destined along the banks of the river Mahanadi, the Bargarh district of Odisha is among the highest paddy producing districts of state. For the local farmers the peak job in paddy agriculture involved the transplanting of the crop. The paddy agriculture being extremely labour intensive; and the farmers because of their poor economic background cannot obtain the desired result out of it. Moreover, this knucling down task victimize the farmers to various health ailments.
Determined to serve for the wellbeing of the farmer community, a team of the Idea and Innovation Cell of VSSUT, Burla moved on to develop a low cost paddy transplanting machine for the ease of the local farmers.
The team of innovators include Pranay Panda, Ranjan Panda, Tatwam Sidhha Nanda, Rahul Nayak and (all pursuing 2nd year Btech Mechanical Engineering ) under the able guidance of the faculty advisor of the club-Mr Bandan Kumar Bhoi and the mentor-the secretary of the Idea and Innovation Cell Mr. Bodhisattwa Sanghapriya, 3rd year Btech, Electrical and electronics engineering designed and developed a costeffective paddy transplanting machine with an approximate budget of INR-1500 only.
When asked, regarding the designing of this innovation; the innovators described- “The machine is operated by a pedal and controlled manually by hands. being hand operated, it has very low maintenance, unlike the motor-driven alternatives which require proper maintenance and have a recurring cost of fuels like petrol and diesel. The parts of the machine are made from the scrap materials like iron strips, iron rods, bearings, bicycle chains, steel plates, etc which can be readily accessed from any bicycle repair shop.”
The innovative work of designing and developing the complete paddy transplanting machine drifted for three months with an approximate expenditure of INR-1500 .Furthermore, the innovators claimed that the machine when produced in mass, the mass production cost of this machine will significantly reduce to about 50%of the single set expenditure.
In order to maintain the originality and simplicity of their work, the team preferred zero interference from the industrial house and marketing influence. Moreover, the nobly aimed intellectual innovators aim to share the knowledge of developing this machine among the local farmers so that they can sustain their production in an economically sound manner .