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Mechanic Builds Machine to Domesticate Fields, Minimize Labour Prices


    The ancestral land on which Kadavendi Mahipal Chary grew up reaped good harvest, however not sufficient earnings, he remembers. His father must spend a big chunk of their earnings on labourers to domesticate the two-acre area, leaving them with little or no to go on. 

    Unable to finish his Class 10 as a result of monetary constraints, Mahipal took up the job of a motorbike mechanic in a city close to his village in Hyderabad. He began out as an assistant, however quickly turned good at repairing autos. 

    “Within the early 2000, my father transferred the land to me. I returned to my village and took up farming, however started dealing with the identical situation of labour prices. After spending hundreds as wages and hire for animals, there was nothing left as revenue. As a facet enterprise, I started repairing tractors and used some to work on my farm,” Mahipal tells The Higher India. 

    The 42-year-old started considering of how he might clear up his woes, and arrived on the conclusion of constructing a cultivator of his personal to avoid wasting cash. 

    “In 2011, I started trials through the use of an previous auto rickshaw engine. However the try failed. Later, I went to Hyderabad metropolis and bought an engine made in China. When it labored properly, I included different elements utilizing scrap supplies and constructed a cultivator machine by the top of the 12 months,” he explains. 

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    The 22-inch cultivator developed by Mahipal.

    This machine, he says, can run for 3 hours on 1 litre of diesel. On this period, it could actually cowl an space of three acres. Just one particular person is required to function the system, he provides. “Working the machine is less complicated than driving a scooter. There’s an accelerator within the left hand grip and the machine might be run by inserting each palms, like in a two-wheeler,” he shares.

    Turning into an agripreneur

    “Whereas different farmers spent upto Rs 1 lakh as hire and labour fees for the method, I spent lower than half of it to construct this machine, which can be utilized repeatedly with out additional upkeep. Resulting from this purpose, I began getting requests to construct extra of it, obtainable for buy,” he says.

    In 2012, Mahipal launched Varun Engineering Works, from the place farmers might purchase cultivators and different farming-related machines “at an reasonably priced worth”. Mahipal additionally customises machines based mostly on preferences.

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    Easy and user-friendly.

    “My innovation got here underneath the limelight after being featured on a Telugu information channel. By then, I had offered over 13 machines. I now have 12 workers and my different improvements embody an influence weeder and a mini-tractor. The latter might be linked to a trolley and might carry upto 1 tonne of weight. I additionally constructed a hydraulic raise that may raise upto 500 kg which might be utilised in different industries as properly,” notes the agripreneur.

    “The plight of farmers in India is one purpose why I opted for this area. Like me, a lot of them are left battling poverty attributable to excessive labour prices and unavailability of reasonably priced equipment. I’m on a mission to alter this narrative,” he provides.

    Varun Engineering Works is positioned in Mahipal’s native space Parkal.

    ‘Reasonably priced and user-friendly’

    The innovator shares that he now builds the machines by assembling engines from Kolhapur, and materials in addition to gears from Hyderabad. “Until date, greater than 4,000 cultivators have been offered for a worth between Rs 45,000 to Rs 55,000,” he says.

    Viswesara, a farmer who purchased the cultivator machine two years in the past, says, “I’m able to save at the very least Rs 50,000 each season with the assistance of this machine. Shopping for this was a one-time funding and I’ve not carried out any upkeep until now. I deal with the cultivator simply with out anybody’s assist, saving labour fees. I hope Mahipal comes up with extra improvements to make our lives higher.”

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    The elements of a cultivator machine.

    At present, Mahipal is engaged on a mini tractor that runs on battery. “Given the excessive worth of petroleum merchandise, it’s higher to shift to different options,” he says.

    For his improvements, Mahipal was given the Nationwide Grassroots Innovation Award by the President of India in 2015 and the Nationwide Entrepreneurship Award in 2018. “Each of those have been large honours however what means the world to me is the farmer who struggles to make ends meet even after receiving a very good harvest. I’m glad that my machines are making their lives simpler,” he notes.

    Contact Varun Engineering Works on 9866922168. 

    Edited by Divya Sethu