August 16, 2022

Raman Kharpade (34,pictured) a farmer utilizing his abilities learnt from the Industrial Coaching Institute (ITI), Vangaon, transformed an previous rusted, defunct M-80 bike – famously utilized by dairy farmers in mofussil areas- right into a tiller, and is utilizing it for sowing function, because the agricultural season for paddy is in full swing in his village, Kavada in Talasari, Palghar district.

The M-80 bike, made well-known by Bajaj Auto (now out of manufacturing), was widespread within the late ’80s-“90s and was famously utilized by dairy farmers to move milk in rural hamlets and was popularly often known as the milkman’s bike. The bike belonging to his good friend Ratna Urade (37) was mendacity in rust for the previous few years and was unused which made Raman to innovate.

Mentioned Raman, I satisfied Ratna to half along with his bike and he was at first hesitant, and later agreed to half with the bike. I made a decision to innovate as I’ve handed my Welder course from the ITI, Vangaon years in the past, stated Raman. First, I disassembled all of the elements and took it to a street aspect mechanic to wash the engine and handled with anti-rust coating together with the gas tank,stated Raman and after it arrived from the mechanic, I began to work.

I eliminated each the wheels and on the entrance wheel I fitted the tiller and mounted it with the engine whereas the petrol tank was fitted close to the steering wheel, and in addition fitted a small barrow wheel on the rear, with the chain for mobility, for sustaining the stability whereas tilling,stated Raman and inside per week, my tiller was prepared and in mid-June, after the primary splash,I took the primary trial, in 3-acre area,on which I develop paddy to maintain my household for the complete yr.. I may even change the gears at my liberty, and all is managed from the steering wheel, similar to a motorbike, however because the soil is clumpy, I’ve to push the bike within the fourth gear for dashing up the tilling course of, stated Raman.

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Because the agricultural season is in full swing, many farmers rent tractors to until their land for sowing function and the present fee is Rs 500 per hour which I can’t afford, and in addition there are few individuals who hire the tractors and there may be at all times a ready line to make use of the tractors,and so to save cash and time, I made a decision to innovate and used an previous M-80 bike and it’s a success ,stated a beaming Raman.

Meantime, phrase unfold within the village and farmers are visiting Raman’s farm and he fortunately gave his tiller for trial, and a lot so, the Agricultural division in Dahanu are to go to the village to get a primary hand details about the innovate tiller made by Raman.

There are plans to show the improvised tiller on the district agricultural exhibition and he will likely be approaching the Agricultural division for permission, as it’s the first such tiller constituted of an previous, rusted M-80 bike which might save time and price for the frequent farmer who can’t afford to rent tractors at hourly foundation.

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