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Farmer modifies motorbike into farming machine

HARVESTING INNOVATION: Vikas Chaitram Shinde's vehicle furrows the field, cuts grass and ploughs the soil, using just two litres of petrol for two acres of land. — PHOTO: K. MURALI KUMAR
HARVESTING INNOVATION: Vikas Chaitram Shinde's vehicle furrows the field, cuts grass and ploughs the soil, using just two litres of petrol for two acres of land. — PHOTO: K. MURALI KUMAR

Vikas Chaitram Shinde's vehicle seems to be straight out of the film 3 Idiots. A farmer from Jalgaon district in Maharashtra, he has modified a motorcycle into a multi-purpose farming vehicle that furrows the field, cuts grass and ploughs the soil.

His multi-purpose contraption certainly stands out at the second International Auto Show 2011.

Mr. Shinde, who also owns a welding shop, said that it took him two years to design the vehicle. “I was constantly experimenting with the design and making some modifications. I have been using the prototype to plough my land for the past two years,” he said.

Cheap to operate

Several farmers in his village have evinced interest in owning the multi-purpose farming vehicle. “It is a hit because one can plough up to two acres of land with just two litres of petrol. With a bullock, the farmer has to spend around Rs. 600 a day,” he said.

He, however, said he finds it difficult to help his farmer friends. “I can't build the vehicles as I have to take care of both my welding shop and my farm. Some companies have come forward to buy the design. I may consider offering them my expertise in designing such vehicles for farmers,” he said.

Water pump too

Mr. Shinde has also designed a motorcycle-operated water pump, based on the concept of the wheel and pulley. “Around 1,200 litres of water can be drawn through the pump in an hour. The machine doesn't require too much fuel either,” he said.

Mr. Shinde may be contacted on Ph: 09422539430 or at his stall at the International Auto Show 2011, Tripura Vasini, Palace Grounds. The show is on till January 9.

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