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Innovations In Implements :
Processes
Processes Followed by WASSAN
http://www.wassan.org/sri_implements
Ravindra A
03-11-2...
Several farmers’
& others’
innovations
around;
• Some Principles :
– Posture
– Evaluating component
parts
– Weight
– Women be able to do
– Able to manufacture it
locally...
An SRI-Farmer who is also a mechanical engineer – Mr. Kishan Rao put
together the best of the components together – named ...
Stage 2 : Developing an Improvised version
• Identified a local fabricator in Hyderabad
• Worked with a local fabricator
•...
Fabricator
WASSAN’s
promotional
programs
Farmers
Promoters
Govt Programs
• Generating
demand
• Quality
control
• Help in p...
This fabricator (Paul) has prepared and
supplied more than 10000 weeders.
We connect, farmers / promoters to
this person.
...
Catering to Scaling up with Government:
Step 1: Worked with the government department on the models
- Formed a State level...
Catering to Scaling up
with Government:
Step 2: Local fabricators’ training
- Worked in collaboration with the Agrl Univer...
Catering to Scaling up
with Government:
Step 3: Custom hiring centers
- It’s a waste of capital for small farmers to buy
w...
Catering to Scaling up
with Government:
Step 4: Labour contract groups
- Tried to evolve labor contract systems i.e. getti...
1420 - Innovations in Implements: Processes Followed by WASSAN
1420 - Innovations in Implements: Processes Followed by WASSAN
1420 - Innovations in Implements: Processes Followed by WASSAN
1420 - Innovations in Implements: Processes Followed by WASSAN
1420 - Innovations in Implements: Processes Followed by WASSAN
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1420 - Innovations in Implements: Processes Followed by WASSAN

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Presentation at the Workshop on Crop Production Equipment for the System of Rice Intensification (SRI)
Presenter: A Ravindra, WASSAN, India
Title: Innovations In Implements: Processes Followed by WASSAN
Date: November 3, 2014
Venue: ACISAI, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

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1420 - Innovations in Implements: Processes Followed by WASSAN

  1. 1. Innovations In Implements : Processes Processes Followed by WASSAN http://www.wassan.org/sri_implements Ravindra A 03-11-2014, AIT, Bangkok
  2. 2. Several farmers’ & others’ innovations around;
  3. 3. • Some Principles : – Posture – Evaluating component parts – Weight – Women be able to do – Able to manufacture it locally – soils (clay soils & light soils) – Cost Stage 1 : Innovators’ workshop • Scouted for farmers who innovated on weeders and markers • Organised a workshop with – farmers with implements, Agriculture University (engineers & agronomists), promoters. • A dialogue on : • What are we looking for? • How do we test? • An evaluation of all weeders – component wise (handle, the weeding drum, float etc.)
  4. 4. An SRI-Farmer who is also a mechanical engineer – Mr. Kishan Rao put together the best of the components together – named the weeder after his Village Name.
  5. 5. Stage 2 : Developing an Improvised version • Identified a local fabricator in Hyderabad • Worked with a local fabricator • Arrived at a prototype and tested..& refined • Placed bulk order. • Got this fabricator set .. some initial quality issues .. corrected.
  6. 6. Fabricator WASSAN’s promotional programs Farmers Promoters Govt Programs • Generating demand • Quality control • Help in price negotiation Other States/ Countries • Designs are in the manual • & in the web
  7. 7. This fabricator (Paul) has prepared and supplied more than 10000 weeders. We connect, farmers / promoters to this person. Prototypes were taken to several places along with SRI promotion anchored by WASSAN : - Uttarakhand - Odisha - Jharkhand - Bihar - Afghanisthan - Other states..
  8. 8. Catering to Scaling up with Government: Step 1: Worked with the government department on the models - Formed a State level Consortium (WASSAN as secretariat – with Agrl University, DRR, others) - Convinced the Agrl Department to waive the requirement of Agrl University formally recommending the weeders - The Consortium – looked at and approved the two weeders (Mandava & the Crops’ modified) along with the Cono- weeder of University - Unit costs are arrived at - Got the fabricator (informal industry) as supplier - Some quality control & payment mechanisms established. Step 1a : Trained labor/ wage workers on using markers and weeders along with the farmers.
  9. 9. Catering to Scaling up with Government: Step 2: Local fabricators’ training - Worked in collaboration with the Agrl University. - Asked all the promoters to identify a local fabricator (about 10 fabricators were identified). - A three day training organised for them - Introduction to SRI and the requirements of weeding etc. - The will all make two types of weeders during the work- shop. - The 1st fabricator was the trainer. - The entire process was filmed.. And the fabricators have taken the drawings and film along with them. - 1st round orders were placed with them to supply weeders and markers - Established fabricators them locally.
  10. 10. Catering to Scaling up with Government: Step 3: Custom hiring centers - It’s a waste of capital for small farmers to buy weeders and markers. - If these are available for rent, then the need (headache of) for maintaining the implements / investments are not required. - Farmers / labor can hire many weeders at one time so that more labor can work at a given point in time.
  11. 11. Catering to Scaling up with Government: Step 4: Labour contract groups - Tried to evolve labor contract systems i.e. getting per acre weeding & transplanting contract in place of daily wage payment. - Lots of negotiation between farmers / labor groups / facilitating team on .. - Whether the farmer should pay the entire amount that s/he was paying in conventional system. - Also attempted a contract labor system – not yet fine-tuned. (i.e. if for a fixed amount of Rs., the farmer contracts with the SHG Federation; the federation will take care of transplanting and weeding against a fixed amount of contract-payment (farmer need to go searching for SRI-skilled labor) - Labor groups trainings were organised, even supported by the government.

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