Farming in India is not easy. Besides not owning the land they cultivate, farmers also face shortages of water, labour and machinery. Various schemes of the government fall woefully short, and farmers have to resort to their own ingenuity. One such example, is that of Ganesh Kumar Singh from Purnea who has designed a low-cost, lightweight portable water pump.
Ganesh noticed his fellow farmers carrying around heavy pumps to facilitate better irrigation of their fields. These pumps that weigh almost 60 kgs would result in back injuries and bad body posture. Using a vehicle to lug the pump around would cause damage to the crops and their very livelihoods. So Ganesh, who is a mechanic by profession, decided to design a DIY solution to the problem.
His ingenious solution consists of modifying a cycle such that it can become an innovative pump-on-wheels. This hybrid cycle includes the front part of a bicycle and the rear part of a scooter. So the slim front can easily navigate narrow paths on farms, while the stronger, wider rear provides a solid base while the pump is running. He told The Better India,
As I didn’t have any experience in this field, I had to be totally dependent upon the welder nearby. I would take the machine to him every now and then for modifications.”
Ganesh’s innovation weighs around 75 Kgs which includes weight of the pump of 60 Kgs. He has so far sold around 40 such machineries at a price of Rs.1,400-Rs.1,600 and rents them at Rs 70 per hour exclusive of labour cost and diesel. He even makes a decent profit of Rs. 300 per day from this enterprise. Ganesh’s mobile pump has increased the efficiency of irrigation along with saving time.
Other farmers in the vicinity, inspired by Ganesh have tried to recreate this portable pump on their own. He has received the support of Bihar Innovation Forum’s JEEViKA programme, who recognised his innovation. He is now to looking to scale up this pump-on-wheels. He says,
I guess if I get right resources and a good is willing to take this model and work on it, it can be more efficient and help farmers at a large scale.”
One hopes that he gets the right support to take his innovation to more farmers.