Innovation of the day

New Varieties of Anthuriumwith Distinct Colour Combinations
Innovation of the Day 10-08-2017

Anthurium(Anthuriumspp.) is a group of beautiful blooming plants available in a wide range of colors.In addition to beauty of Anthurium flowers,it also ensures healthier environment by removing toxic substances from air. Anthurium has a larger economic importance because of its eye-catching and beautiful inflorescence and fetches good market price. read more

Laxmangarh selection: Improved variety of carrot
Innovation of the Day 24-07-2017

Smt Santosh Pachar an enterprising lady resides in Sikar district of Rajasthan. She is popular as ‘Carrot lady’ in her region because of the improved carrot variety developed by her through mass selection. The carrot variety is high yielding with longer root-length and vermilion colour in addition to this the variety is well adapted to high temperature. The sweeter taste of the carrot helps in fetching higher market price. read more

Improved varieties of Crossandra and Casuarina
Innovation of the Day 11-07-2017

Shri Vengadapathi Reddiar a Padma Shri awardee and a proficient personality in the field of horticulture has developed various new varieties of Casuarina and Crossandra. The varieties of Casuarina are tolerant to major insects-pests and has uniform growth with higher wood yield. The special characteristics of Crossandra varieties are attractive colours with tolerance to diseases. Presently, he has developed 14 varieties of Casuarina (like MIQ and Modi-1) by cross breeding, gamma irradiation induction followed by selection and about 100 varieties of Crossandra (such as Modi-1-3 and Kalam-1-3) by induced mutation and cross-pollination. He is also working on improving crops such as Ghee chilli, brinjal, lemon, amaranthus and neem for improvement purpose. Crop variety improvement by using gamma radiation and subsequent selection is an innovative approach of Shri Vengadapathi Reddiar. read more

Sadabahar: An evergreen mango variety by Shree Kishan Suman
Innovation of the Day 06-06-2017

'Sadabahar' mango variety as the name suggests a regular and continuous fruit bearing variety. Mango variety developed by Shree Kishan Suman from Rajasthan blooms throughout the year. The fruits are sweeter in taste andit is developed as a dwarf variety which is suitable for kitchen gardening and can be grown in pots for some years. At present he has 22 mother plants and 300 grafted mango plants. The mango treesare immune to most of the major diseases and common disorders. Farmers from Chhattisgarh, Delhi and Haryana are growing the variety and appreciating the sweeter taste of the fruits. read more

Borewell Scanner by Girish Badragond
Innovation of the Day 28-05-2017

Water accessibility in the borewell is one of the real worries to the farmers for irrigating their crops, Girish Badragond from Bijapur, has come up with a borewell scanner, with various propel elements, to filter and investigate the water accessibility in borewells. There wasn't anything available to measure probability of getting water after installing motor pumps at their borewells. Lack of any assessment may result in loss money, time and efforts. Borewell scanners available were too expensive and not easily available. The innovation helps avoid such losses. read more

HRMN-99 Apple variety for low Altitude by Shri Hariman Sharma
Innovation of the Day 24-05-2017

Shri Hariman Sharma a renowned progressive farmer hailing from Paniala village of Bilaspur district has developed an apple variety that can be grown in plain, tropical and subtropical areas. This apple variety does not require chilling hours for flowering and fruit setting. He has become a source of inspiration for thousands of farmers and agriculturists of Bilaspur and other lower hill districts of the state, the areas which earlier could never dream of growing the apple fruits. read more

Portable stove with high efficiency by V. Jayaprakash
Innovation of the Day 15-05-2017

V. Jayaprakash, a chulha maker from Kerala has improvised the portable stove by incorporating a secondary combustion chamber for burning the un-burnt bio mass and hydrocarbons. As a result, thermal efficiency of the stove has improved and pollution has reduced. read more

Tender Coconut Breaker and Instant Cooler
Innovation of the Day 10-05-2017

Vinod Mahadeviah from Bangalore, Karnataka drives his business through a shop where he sells coconut-based food products such as chilled coconut water, coconut cream, coconut jelly; coconut ice-cream etc. He has developed a tender coconut breaking and instant coconut water cooling machine. Realizing the dearth of such an offering in the market, he always wanted to possess such a machine that could break a tender coconut, extract its water and cool it instantaneously there by reducing human effort involved in breaking coconuts. read more

Multi Tree Climber by D.N. Venkat
Innovation of the Day 07-05-2017

D. Renganathan alias D.N. Venkat is an agriculturist from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu and has developed a coconut tree climber with a sitting arrangement, locking system and a safety belt. He noticed the problems in climbing coconut/palm trees and decided to address all the issues and designed a simple low cost tree climber. read more

Wrapper picker by Diptanshu Malviya and Mukul Malviya
Innovation of the Day 04-05-2017

Two young brothers, Diptanshu Malviya and Mukul Malviya, from Sirohi, Rajasthan have developed a motorized device, which picks up littered pieces of wrappers, papers, pouches, etc and collects them in a storage bin. read more

Rice grain sorting machine by Mohan Sharma
Innovation of the Day 02-05-2017

Mohan Sharma from Birbhum, West Bengal is a fabricator and is in the business of making doors, windows, and furniture items. He developed a rice grain sorting machine about three decades back and has sold about 2400 units of the same over the years. The machine separates husk, stones, etc from rice and also segregates rice grains with the help of an automatic/ manually driven wooden fan.It was sometime when he was 22 years old that he thought of making a rice grain sorting machine and after two three unsuccessful attempts was able to develop one. He has an independent workshop where he makes different items like doors, windows, household/ office furniture and also the rice sorting machine. read more

Groundnut nut digger with vibration pads by Ratanram Dudhval
Innovation of the Day 01-05-2017

Ratanram Dudhval is a mechanic and runs his own small scale industry named Jay Kishan Krishi Yantra Udyog with his younger brother, and their sons in Rajasthan. He modified the groundnut digger by adding a vibration pad/shock absorber spring and two pivoted wheels to its rear. The key driver was a frequent problem of wear and tear and manoeuvrability of commercial tractor operated groundnut digger especially at the corners. read more

Modified fixture of dozer blade with tractor and Multi Crop Thresher by Madan Lal Kumawat
Innovation of the Day 30-04-2017

Madan Lal Kumawat is engaged in his own agricultural machinery repairing and manufacturing workshop at Sikar, Rajasthan. He has modified the design of fixture/frame of the dozer in tractors, which has resulted in easy repairs, transportation and manoeuvrability. read more

Multipurpose tool - Axe cum chisel cum hammer by Mohd Rafiq Ahanger
Innovation of the Day 28-04-2017

Mohd Rafiq Ahanger, a blacksmith by occupation, has developed a multipurpose tool, which can be used as an axe, hammer, chisel, blade, screw driver for domestic or other carpentry tasks. It is an implement combining the three basic tools required by a worker/ farmer viz. hammer, chisel and axe. It is made from high carbon steel and can be used as one of the three tools as per the requirements. This tool can replace or combine various tools into a single product rather than having them separately, for example, as an axe for cutting wood, hammer for fencing, chisel for carpentry, nail remover for removing nails. This tool reduces human effort by combining multiple tools and benefits the user by monetary terms. read more

Robotic Sprayer developed by Ganesh Shetty
Innovation of the Day 27-04-2017

Ganesh Shetty, a grassroots innovator from Chikmagalur, Karnataka undertakes electrical repairing works as his primary occupation. He has developed a remote controlled engine operated areca-nut and coconut tree climber along with a spraying attachment, described as robotic sprayer. read more

Tractor operated blowing orchard sprayer By Rajendra Chhabulal Jadhav
Innovation of the Day 26-04-2017

Shri Rajendra Jadhav is a fabricator by occupation from Nasik district of Maharashtra. During his regular discussion with farmers, he realised that the sprayers used by them are not efficient enough since while spraying the pesticide on the fields, liquid used to get dispersed into the air resulting in its wastage. read more

Modified combined harvester
Innovation of the Day 24-04-2017

Surendra Prasad (55), who is in the profession of agriculture machinery manufacture and repair, has developed a harvesting machine, which can be used for simultaneous harvesting, threshing and collection of straw. It can be operated using tractor of 65 hp and above. read more

BamHum - an innovative wind musical instrument
Innovation of the Day 21-04-2017

Moa Subong (56) is a musician who has developed a musical instrument called BamHum, which is a new wind musical instrument made out of bamboo. The name BamHum is derived from the two words, bamboo and humming. Playing the BamHum is simple;one has to simply hum a tune into the hum holethat produces a melodic tune. read more

Durga-4 Red carrot variety
Innovation of the Day 19-04-2017

Shri Madan Lal Devada, an innovative farmer from Jodhpur has developed a unique red carrot variety – Durga 4 from local carrot variety through selection method. read more

Kesho Phou: Improved paddy variety
Innovation of the Day 15-04-2017

Shri Wahengbam Kesho Singh belongs to Bishnupur district of Manipur, one of the states in North Eastern States in India. His inquisitiveness inspired him to come up with a new variety from a single plant growing near his paddy field which was totally different in morphological appearance from those which were growing in nearby fields. The salient features of the variety are high yielding (80-95q/ha), long panicle, high number of seeds per panicle (310-320), high number of tillers per plant and good to taste. It is also tolerant to stem borer. He considers his variety as a Gift of God and wishes to develop additional paddy varieties. read more

Sulkhaniya Bajra: Traditional Pearl millet variety from Rajasthan
Innovation of the Day 13-04-2017

Hailing from the most arid district Churu of Rajasthan, where summer temperatures goes beyond 50°C, Shri Hanumana Ram Jhuriya has been conserving this traditional variety of pearl millet, which is named after his village Sulkhaniya since last four decades through continuous selection method. read more

Pachaikkai - Improved Cardamom Variety by a Grassroots Innovator from Tamil Nadu
Innovation of the Day 12-04-2017

Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) plays a pivotal role in Indian cuisine. It is inseparable from sweets due to its unique and pleasant fragrance. An improved cardamom variety known as Pachaikkaiwas developed by Mr. L. Ramaiah from Theni, Tamil Nadu and now is maintained by his son Mr. R. Murugan. read more

Zion Mundi: Improved Black Pepper Variety from Kerala
Innovation of the Day 11-04-2017

Idea of developing new pepper variety that can be grown in shade and is free from foot rot disease cropped up in his mind during 1985-86, when there was major loss in his pepper variety due to heavy monsoon and foot rot. He observed that even in heavy monsoon two local varieties Neelamundi and Thotta mundi survived where Neelamundi was high yielding and Thotta mundi was tolerant to foot rot disease. Mr. George planted two varieties together and collected seeds selectively for further propagation. During 1998-89, after several rounds of propagation, he got Zion Mundi variety. read more

Chingjin Thabi Selection: Improved cucumber variety
Innovation of the Day 10-04-2017

Shri. Sapam Lukhoi Singh is a progressive farmer from Thoubal district of Manipur. He has developed a cucumber variety through mass selection from a local cucumber variety Chingjin Thabi. The specific characteristics of the variety are high yielding (25.87t/ha), long fruit (24.42cm), dark green, tolerant to leaf curl and excellent shelf life (10-15days). read more

Madhuvan Gajar: A High Nutritious Carrot Variety Developed By a Grassroots Innovator
Innovation of the Day 08-04-2017

Madhuvan Gajar carrot variety developed by Shri Vallabhhai Vasrambhai Marvaniya is aprogressive farmer from Junagadh district, Gujarat. During 1943, he found that a local carrot variety was profoundly used for fodder. He cultivated selectively this variety and sold this carrot in the market initially for the vegetable purpose at good price. Since then he along with family is working for conservation and development of this cultivar. The Madhuvan Gajar is a high nutritious traditional variety contains a higher β-carotene content (277.75 mg/kg) and iron content (276.7 mg/kg); it is used for various value added products like carrot chips, juices and pickles. read more

Ganesh Dutta Herbal Formulation for insect pest control in fruits and vegetables
Innovation of the Day 07-04-2017

Ganesh Dutta Herbal Formulation is aneffective formulation for insect pest control in vegetable and fruit crops. It is developed by a farmer Shri Ganesh Dutt Sharmafrom Kullu, HimachalPradesh and is a well-known herbal healer of his area. He lives in remote Hurcha valley and has good knowledge of valuable herbs of Dev bhumi Himachal having many hidden treasures. read more

An improved paddy variety from Uttarakhand - Indrasan
Innovation of the Day 06-04-2017

Indrasan paddy was developed by Late Shri Indrasan Singh, an innovative farmer and a social activist. This high yielding paddy variety helped the farmers in getting higher revenue in terms of yield. Shri Indrasan was very prominent person of his community and he was selected as a village head for eight times in a row. read more

Kudrat-5: A high yielding paddy variety
Innovation of the Day 05-04-2017

Shri Prakash Singh Raghuvanshi a progressive farmer and has developed an improved and high yielding paddy variety. The unique paddy variety has higher number of productive tillers, lengthy and more number of grain per spikes. Moreover the variety is tolerant to blight disease, matures in 120 -125 days and grains are small in size.During 2015-16, he distributed around 100 quintals of seeds to farmers. read more

Niranjan Bhata: A longer and sweeter variety of brinjal developed by a grassroots innovator
Innovation of the Day 04-04-2017

Shri Leela Ram Sahu, a progressive farmer has developed a brinjal variety from a traditional variety in Chhattisgarh. The variety has long fruit size with soft and sweetpulp. The number of fruits per plant ishigher as compared to other long brinjal varieties and is tolerant to major insect and pests. This variety of brinjal is appreciated by farmers for its long fruit size and higher yield. read more

Surjeet Basmati 1 - Aromatic paddy variety for saline areas developed by a grassroots innovator
Innovation of the Day 03/04/2017

Shri Surjeet Singh is a well-known innovative farmer for high quality aromatic basmati paddy. Paddy variety developed by Shri Surjeet Singh is a boon for paddy growers in saline areas. The unique feature of the variety is tolerance to salinity and high yield (24 q/acre) with good recovery percentage of 67 %. In addition to this it is free from foot-rot disease (prevalent disease in paddy), requires lesser water and fertilizers as compared to other paddy varieties.
Shri Surjeet Singh has sown the paddy variety Pusa 1460 in his field in 2008, due to sheath blight disease all plants got severely affected except one. He harvested that plant separately and prepared a nursery in 2009, which was then transplanted in the main field. During harvesting he selected 225 plants based on the number of tillers, lengthy spikes and resistance to foot-rot disease (Bakanaerog), a major disease of paddy. The selection continued for another two years and the desirable characteristics slowly got stabled. read more

New variety of Soybean developed by a grassroots innovator
Innovation of the Day 01/04/2017

Shri Kashinath N. Lokhande has extensively researched for eight years and developed a new variety of Soybean which has proved worthwhile for the farmers. The variety has unique features of high yield, early maturity and tolerant to yellow mosaic disease. In addition to this it has bolder seeds and requires lesser water.
During Kharif 2008, Shri Kashinath observed some healthy plants of JS 9752 variety with early maturation (10-12 days early). He selectively harvested about 300g of seeds from the plants. In 2009, he cultivated the seeds in a separate rows and harvested 15kg of seed. He repeated the practice year after year and in 2012 he had about 75ql of seeds of this variety. He has been cultivating and distributing the variety since 2012. read more