The spirit of innovation is on display in India’s agriculture sector more than anywhere else the world. With a population of over 600 million people being supported by the sector, and given the spectrum of well-known constraints challenging its performance, the successes of India’s agriculture are the greatest testimony to the immense creativity and innovative and enterprising spirit of its farmers. While significant steps have been taken in the past few decades with resolute state action to address a variety of risks in agriculture, it is the resilient and adaptive attitude of its agriculturists that ensures the dynamism of India’s farm sector
Modified Rice Drum Seeder for Better Crop Management and Higher Harvest Yield.
Innovator Name : Shri Laxman Baburao alias Bal Dalvi
IMPACT OF INNOVATION/TECHNOLOGY : The modified drum seeder was designed during May, 2009 and put to use in his own village Vadap on an area of 3 hectares during June, 2009, besides area of 12 hectares in nearby villages viz. Sapele, Gaurkamat, Salokh, Ashivali, Dahigaon, Posari. Currently, farmers in nearby villages have sown rice with drum seeder on an area of more than 250 acres. It increases the yield of rice per acre from 15 tons to 18 tons, therefore saving Rs. 3000 per acre.
Cost Effective Shade Net House
Innovator Name : Shri Jagnnath Gangaram Tayade
Shade net house was developed by Shri Jagannath Tayade from locally available material. Total height of the shade net house is 6m from center place, the length is 36 m and it is 24 m wide. This shade net house requires wire ropes which are comparatively cheap and locally available. The design is such that there are negligible obstacles within the shade net which facilitates smooth intercultural operations and easy movement of labor as compared to the popularly used design. The material used in shade net is plastic and the towers are made up of iron.
IMPACT OF INNOVATION/TECHNOLOGY This type of shade net house is suitable for growing even tall crops like capsicum, tomato, chili, etc. It can sustain wind speed up to 80 km/hr and is economically viable as the total cost required to construct is Rs. 60,000 which is 30% lesser than the recommended technology. The added advantage of this design is that rain water drains easily due to doom shape structure. About 15 farmers have adopted this type of structure on 0.10 hectares each and are producing seeds capsicum and tomato. It increases the production by 10 times and also enhances the quality of soil. In terms of time, 5 hours per day is saved by using this technique. This technique is easy to install and gives more productivity in adverse environments also.