Krishiraja: A Bicycle Hoe

Gopal Bhinse has devised a bicycle hoe by fixing a weeder and blade to the wheel of the cycle


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About the project Edit

Shri Gopal Malhari Bhinse is a 62 year old marginal farmer of Shendurin village situated in Jamner Taluka of Jalgaon District. He has little more than an acre of land. He owns no bullocks and has no money to hire in tractor. Jowar, Cotton and Paddy are the usual crops that he cultivates on his farm. But this year due to lack of water he cultivated maize. Apart from various socio-economic problems, he also faces many problems in agriculture. One such problem is the excessive growth of weeds in his fields. Initially, Gopal and his wife used to remove weeds manually. It was a time consuming and tiresome job. Gopal being a poor farmer could not afford to hire labour. During this period, he conceived the idea of developing this innovative bicycle. One day Gopal saw a man carrying four quintal of flour on his bicycle. A thought immediately struck his creative mind, whether he could make use of the wheel in order to increase the efficiency of the cycle. He purchased the wheel and the handle of a bicycle and fixed a rod with a blade at one end to the handle of the bicycle. He fixed nut and bolts with the blade in such a way that he could adjust the distance in the weeder and also make arrangements so that the blade did not cause injury at the time of reversing while working. He gives credit to his wife and owner of Sachin Welding Works, both of whom helped him prepare this weeder. He has named the final product as ‘Krishiraja’.

Another problem he faced was that the land he possessed was hard. He fixed a pick-axe to ‘Krishiraja’ and got good results in the hard land by pressing the same. Later he innovated a tiller also. The tiller can cultivate upto a ¾ inch depth.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

He does most of his farming operations with the help of this device. He no more needs bullocks for his farming operations. Using this machine a man of his age can remove the weeds from one acre of land in four to five hours. The machine is so simple that even his 12 years nephew can operate it easily. The cost of making this machine comes to almost Rs. 1000-1200.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

It can be operated with ease
It ensures speedier completion of work( as compared to tilling without external help).

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Many farmers keep coming to his field to have a trial of the machine. Some of them appreciate the machine and some others don’t approve of it. But he is confident about the utility of the machine he has made. He says that he will always think of new innovations without caring about success and failure. Gopal Malhari Bhinse deserves an appreciation for the spirit of innovation and enterprise that he has shown, not withstanding his very weak economic condition.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

The idea for this machine came to Gopal when observing a man carrying four quintals of flour on his bicycle. He saw that by the use of wheels, work efficiency could be increased.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

He has made 213 more machines of similar kind on the request of other farmers. At Rs.1000 to Rs.1200, it is reasonably priced.

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