Sowing Change: A Journey from a Soldier to an Agricultural Pioneer

written by Adeeba Hoor, Research Scholar, Atal Bihari Vajpayee School of Management and Entrepreneurship, Jawaharlal Nehru University In the serene landscapes of Kisthwar, Jammu & Kashmir, a compelling tale of agricultural innovation and sustainability unfolds through the endeavours of Sunil, a former soldier in the Indian Army. After 17 years of army service, Sunil returned home […]

Solar Seed Drill-cum-Weeder: Better Soil with Less Toil

Solar Seed Drill cum Weeder by Bharatbhai Agrawat (Junagadh, Gujarat) Problem Addressed: Manual method of seed planting, results in irregular seed placement, spacing inefficiencies, and drudgery for the farmer, limiting the area sown. A Seed Sowing Machine was designed and developed to improve planting efficiency and reduce the drudgery involved in the manual planting method. […]

Multi-Purpose Food Processing Machines – from Food to Herbal skin care

Multi-Purpose Food Processing Machines by Dharambir Kambhoj (Haryana) Technology: Dharambir Kabhoj’s multi-purpose food processing machines are portable machines that work on a single-phase motor and help in processing various fruits, herbs, and seeds. They also work as a big pressure cooker with temperature control and an auto cut-off facility. Offering a condensation mechanism, they can […]

Rise Bionics: High-quality, affordable prosthetics within hours

Rise Bionics by Arun Cherian, Karnataka Problem Addressed: An estimated 1.5 million people undergo amputations each year and require prosthetic services. Yet, only 5-15% of amputees have access to devices in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) as per WHO estimates. Over 70% of patients in India do not have access to prosthetic devices, despite their […]

Rocket Stove: Low-smoke cooking fuel using bio-waste

Rocket Stove by Abdul Kareem K. A. (Kerala) Problem Addressed: During the lockdown period, innovator Abdul Kareem K.A. thought how many people would be affected if the electricity and LPG supply were to stop one day? What alternative could be used to cook food? Even though traditional stoves are available in Kerala, many people hesitate […]

HRMN 99 Apples: A summer variety for lower altitudes

HRMN 99 Apple variety by Hariman Sharma (Himachal Pradesh) Problem Addressed: Apple is mainly cultivated at high altitudes, where low temperatures facilitate flowering and fruit-setting on the tree. Mr. Hariman Sharma, the innovator, has developed an apple variety that is suitable for growing in plain tropical and sub-tropical regions. Technology: This variety can grow at […]

Biomass Gasifier System

Biomass Gasifier System by Rai Singh Dahiya (Rajasthan) Problem Addressed: The innovator found that increasing demand for diesel engines in agriculture may result in costlier energy source for small farmers due to rising cost of diesel. He decided to build a gasifier that could convert biomass into producer gas using hardwood pieces initially. Technology: The […]

Farmland Manure Spreader

Farmland manure spreader by Ashikbhai Gani (Gujarat) Problem Addressed: If any farmer wants to spread manure on their farm they need help from a service provider who comes with their own tractor, trolley, and JCB with labour. They pick manure from the farmer’s dump site and make piles in the farms. Afterwards, farmers need to […]

Intelligent sunglasses for visually-impaired

Intelligent sunglasses for the blind by Anang Tadar (Arunachal Pradesh) Problem Addressed: Visually impaired individuals face a lot of challenges in daily life like identifying obstacles while walking or crossing roads. Helping a blind lady find the direction prompted him to find a solution to this problem. He developed smart sunglasses for blind people to […]

Lotus Stem Fibre

Sanajing Sana Thambal by Bijayshanti Tongbram (Manipur) Problem Addressed: Clothes made from lotus stem fibre are in high demand in foreign countries. There are only a few places in the world where this kind of work is done, including Myanmar and Cambodia. Bijayshanti, the innovator started spinning yarn from lotus stems and weaves a variety […]

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