Constant innovations in Agriculture is very essential when we are facing problems like food security and climatic changes. Plenty of money is being spend all over the world on technological innovations but the results are very minimal.

In between all these problems, a farmer from Assam named Uddhab Bharali developed more than 85 technical devices to simplify different processes in Agriculture.

Living in Assam, Mr. Bharali has set up a research workshop in his hometown North Lakshmipur on the bank of river Brahmaputra. In order to pay his father’s debt and to cater to his natural flair of developing new machines, he developed a new polythene making machine to fulfil the demand from surrounding tea estates in Assam. This new machine was developed at a subsidized cost as compared to the branded machines.

Mr. Bharali developed several other machines including a pomegranate deseeder which can separate the outer hard skin from the inner thin membrane without any damage to the seed, easily deseeding around 55 kgs of pomegranates per hour. This machine was also exported to Turkey & U.S. He also developed an areca nut peeling device which can peel around 120 nuts in a single minute. He developed an array of machines for different operations such as cassava peeling, splitting long lengths of bamboo, sizing, surface finishing and for their polishing. These devices were installed with the aid of National Innovation Foundation at North Cachar hills. His innovations have been a great help to agriculture which is a source of livelihood for a large number of people.

In addition to these devices, many of his innovations like remi recortication machine, garlic peeling machine, tobacco leaf cutter, paddy thresher, cane stripping machine, brass utensil polishing machine, safed musli peeling machine, jatropha de-seeder, mechanised weeding machine, passion fruit juice extractor, trench digger and a chopper for cattle and fisheries feed are popular and being used in foreign countries.

Mr. Uddhab Bharali is also a research scholar for the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship and a technical adviser to Rural Technology Action Group (RUTAG) for the advancement of technology at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati. Many major institutions like Central Silk board and North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Project (NERCRMP) seek his technical guidance and expertise for redesigning agricultural machines.

Innovation should not be to introduce new things but to discover a new and better way of doing things to improve performance. Mr. Bharali’s innovations stand right by this thought and are helping the agricultural industry in a great way.

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