VocalForLocal: Meet Arunachal's innovative orange farmer
Innovation has never been hostage to income, location or condition. Take the example of “progressive farmer” Jemni Ratan from Dambuk, Arunachal Pradesh. The farmer, who has a history of innovations, recently assembled a device for plucking oranges.
The 56-year-old farmer has been facing a lot of issues with regards to plucking oranges from his farm in Arunachal Pradesh as it sits on a slope. The inclined terrain of his farm makes it incredibly difficult to pluck the fruit with the traditional “knife/hook-in-bamboo” method, as he explains “it rolls down the slope.”
Ratan then thought of his new innovation of which while attached to a long stick, can cut and collect the fruits in one go. The assembled device uses a motorcycle lever system which can snip off the ripe fruits right at the tip, without either damaging the branches or harming the food.
Ratan is not new in the field of innovation as he has left his touch in various traditionally used machines and methods for cultivation and otherwise. The traditional bulky model of the loom of the Adi tribe has been transformed into a foldable one by the innovator. Yet another example can be the use of a fan and attaching it to a tractor to blow away the husks of harvested materials.
Ratan is also known for his innovation in the regular small-sized trolley attached behind a tractor. He re-modelled the design so that it can now carry larger and longer products- especially bamboo- in the hilly terrain. This new innovation was also employed by the people of Lower Dibang Valley for their home construction.