Innovative Agritech – Manual Rice Planter

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Innovator Details

Nishi Biswas is a professional innovator. He was born into a poor farmer family. Later, his father came to the city in search of employment. After studying up to middle standard, Nishi took up employment in various workshops repairing bicycles, motorcycles, cars, buses, and trucks. He thus honed his knowledge and skills with real-time experience. Side by side, he also increased his knowledge by studying engineering books.

Nishi’s innovation is a waterless washing machine which is based on Quantum Physics. The device is a water-fired stove based on electrochemistry. He was motivated by the thought to ease the work of small farmers. He wanted to develop a small manual machine that would be cheaper, could run in small plots, was easily portable and did not incur extra cost to run. The result was the first of its kind “manual paddy planting machine” which saves small farmers money, hard work and time. His work has won him several awards.

Innovation Details

Nishi Biswas has invented a machine for growing paddy crops. As of date, India does not manufacture a manual rice planter and it is mainly imported from other countries, which makes it out of reach for the small farmers.  Nishi is credited to be the first to develop such a machine in the country. Till date, he has sold 3 products.

Due to labour crisis and the high costs involved, small farmers are unable to afford rice cultivation, so they migrate to urban areas in search of job opportunities. Nishi’s manual rice planter can run easily on small plots, making it extremely beneficial for farmers with small land holdings. Using this machine, a person can sow 2 acres in a day. The planter does not entail any extra running cost, and farmers can repay the loan for the machine in one season. The selling price of the machine is Rs 20000. 

Nishi made the prototype of the manual paddy transplanting machine three years ago, but due to economic inefficiency, it could not be commercialized. However, COVID 19 proved a turning point. He converted the lock-down into an opportunity and mortgaged the jewelery of their wives and children and started commercial manufacturing of their machines in a very small way.

His innovation is supported under MVIF by GIAN and SIDBI for marketing and on-farm trials and demonstrations in different parts of the country.


Gramin Navonmesh Protsahan

Gujarat Grassroots Innovation Augmentation Network (GIAN) and Small Industries Development Bank (SIDBI) are working on a project “Gramin Navonmesh Protsahan”. The project aims to strengthen the innovation ecosystem and provide support to innovations from and for grassroots across the country. The selected projects get support for investment funds for stimulating commercialization. The support is provided in the form of a soft loan with a 5% interest rate.

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