‘Where there’s is a will there’s a way’: a popular English proverb that we came across multiple times. A class six dropout building a tractor out of an old scooter only justifies the proverb.
Mahesh Karmali, 33, a resident of Uncha Ghana village in Jharkhand, has made the tractor from the old scraps of a Bajaj Chetak scooter, reported India Today. He built the tractor to plough his 12-kattah farmland.
Karmali earlier used to work for a Bajaj Auto Showroom in Pune, till January this year. However, after being informed about the family’s financial crisis, he decided to return home and lend a hand.
“When I returned home, I was informed by my brother that he had sold our oxen and was taking help from our family members to plough the farm. The news shocked me as I had bought both the oxen, but my brother had not informed me before selling them,” Karmali was quoted by eNewsroom.
Karmali’s ‘Power Tiller’
He toiled with the scooter which he bought at Rs 4,251 for three straight days coming to the final design. He named his machine ‘Power Tiller’.
On the efficiency of the machine, he said that he built the machine by shelling out Rs 12,000, but can plough his 12 kattah farmland at the expense of only 2.5 litres of petrol, which is much lesser than what a traditional tractor would consume. He also added that the cost of a pair of oxen were much more than what he has spent behind the tractor.
Pinpointing at the design, he said that he can develop a bigger and more powerful ‘Power Tiller’. He said that in the current design, a farmer has to walk over the land to plough, as there are no seating arrangements. However, he said that he can develop a machine where the person can sit on the machine and plough just like a tractor. He also assured that with some touch-up and innovation, he can use the machine for harvesting crops and suppressing grass.
Understanding the agriculture crisis in the country, and surge in price of oxen, Karmali is eyeing for investment to mainstream his innovation to help poor farmers. He said that as of now, the villagers have appreciated the machine, but no one approached him financially to develop the machine on a large scale.