The device has a 6 ft long handle attached to a coneshaped basket and is topped with clutches to hook and drag and the mangoes down. The length of the handle though is adjustable.
“A sizeable quantity of mangoes get damaged due to the traditional way of picking them with bamboo sticks. Many fall off the trees and are smashed or dented out of shape after bumping the surface. Many sustain minor wear and tear while picking,” Satyajit Chakrabarti, vice-chancellor of UEM said.
Chakrabarti said as part of an annual exercise, the students of the Research and Development (R&D) cell of both the institutions had been tasked with designing an innovative device. Putting their collective mind at work, the young innovators finally had their fruit of labour after a strenuous 10-day effort. “The device will help farmers switch to a cheap, yet effective technology when it comes to picking mangoes. We would welcome any entrepreneurial effort to set this device up for commercial production. We think the device won’t be priced any more than Rs. 150, should it hit the market any time soon,” Chakrabarti said.
Students at IEM have already put the device on trial and have been using it for picking mangoes on campus.