Sheik Mastan Vali, a mechanic by profession, who has been crusading the use of castor oil to run motor cars and protect the environment from pollution, has designed a novel agricultural pumpset, which could be operated using castor oil.
Assistance by NABARD
With the slogan “cultivate castor crop and produce your own energy” for your own agricultural needs, Mastan Vali with the assistance provided by the NABARD under the rural innovation project has designed the prototype pump engine which can lift water from wells with the depth of 70 meters.
The prototype machine designed at a cost of Rs. 2.77 lakh was displayed before the select farmers in Karimnagar town on Monday.
Talking to The Hindu, Mastan Vali said that the farmers could get the castor crop in 90 days and they can produce power throughout the year with castor oil.
Help to check suicides
Expressing concern over less cultivation of castor crop in the State, he said that the cultivation of castor would definitely check suicides by the farmers and help them produce power at their own will and take up cultivation without any hindrance.
He claimed that one litre diesel would help the farmer to operate the pumping machine for one hour, but the castor oil would help him operate the machine for three to four hours because of the presence of natural lubricants in castor oil.
He also said that the castor powder produced after extracting the oil would be very useful to the agricultural operations as bio-fertilizer with more nutrients. He urged the government to help him produce more such agricultural pumpsets on large scale to help the farmers to overcome the power crisis.