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Alirajpur plough making waves

Taking inspiration from the 700 year old heavy European plough, a group of tribal students at the ITI, Alirajpur, have designed their own plough that does a better job of ploughing at much less effort, drawing appreciation from all around.

bhopal Updated: Jul 21, 2018 13:28 IST
C B Singh
C B Singh
Alirajpur, Hindustan Times
Madhya Pradesh,Bhopal,Alirajpur
Alirajpur plough. HT photo

Taking inspiration from the 700 year old heavy European plough, a group of tribal students at the ITI, Alirajpur, have designed their own plough that does a better job of ploughing at much less effort, drawing appreciation from all around.

According to agriculture experts, the European plough had revolutionized agriculture in central and northern Europe where the soil is heavier as compared to soil in southern Europe where the traditional plough was used.

Named ‘Alirajpur Hal’ (Alirajpur plough), the plough has two wheels as a result of which the bulls have to put in much less effort while pulling the plough. Right after the wheels there is a big broad knife that cuts the soil, which is followed by a hook shaped cutter that brings out the soil. The farmer controls the plough with both hands, which requires much less effort.

Hitesh Kamedia and Virendra Bhinde who were part of the team that made the plough said they plan to make a upgraded version which will require only one bull and the farmer would be able to sit on the plough.

The plough has been kept at the agriculture department’s farm in Alirajpur alongside a traditional plough and several farmers who are trying it out are please with the Alirajpur plough.

Farmers Shankar and Mukesh Parmar who were among those who have tried the new plough said, “We have to give only 25 per cent of the effort needed in a traditional plough. We are ready to purchase and use this in our farm. The government should give a subsidy for the plough.”

Alirajpur collector Ganesh Shankar Mishra said, “It is a great effort by the boys. They have brought alive the 700 year old European heavy plough. The rich farmer can afford tractors, but it is the marginal farmer will benefit from his new plough. We plan to commercially manufacture and sell it.”

Collector Mishra said that it costs around Rs 1500 to make a traditional plough made out of wood, while the Alirajpur plough costs around Rs 3500, but it last much longer and there is no need for maintenance, which is needed for the traditional wooden plough.

Impressed by the working of the plough, Krishi Viygan Kendra, Alirajpur, research head I S Tomar said that the design of the Alirajpur plough reduces the burden by up to 75 per cent and digs the soil much deeper than the traditional plough. “Its output is something between that of a traditional plough and tractor, which is too expensive even to take on rent for a marginal farmer. Its use will prove hugely beneficial to the farmer,” Tomar said.

First Published: Jul 21, 2018 13:28 IST