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Innovation at the Base of the pyramid: NIF

March 21, 2011

Inclusive growth and BOP innovations have been phenomenon that have eluded India for a long time, but as India enters into the decade of innovation the trend of innovation for the base of the pyramid has increased multi-fold and products and services catering to the 60% rural population of India have finally started making a mark in Indian landscape.

In this and in the few coming posts I will talk of a couple of innovations which are focused towards changing lives and casting impact at the BOP.

Innovation #1:
Hand operated water lifting pump
Tamil Nadu

Sakthimainthan built his hand operated water pump in response to a dearth of available pumps that could be afforded by small farmers.

He built five prototypes over a period of fifteen years before finally perfecting his design.

The resulting water-lifting device is operated by the continuously rotating a handle. It is simple in design and has a high discharge at low cost compared to the motorized pumps and conventional hand pumps.

The pump has discharge of 20,000 lph at 0.75 m head. The unit has also been tested by TNAU, Coimbatore and improved by CMERI Durgapur. It is useful device for drainage as well.

Innovation #2:
Bullock operated sprayer

The bullock operated sprayer is pulled by a pair of bullocks and gets the drive from the ground through a gear box and belt pulley system.

When the operator shifts the lever to a higher gear, the frequency of strokes of the pump increases as a result of which more pressure develops in the container. The spray fluid, thus, atomizes into fine droplets with a wider swath.

This sprayer considerably reduces time requirement as compared to manual spraying and also the drudgery and health hazards involved in manual spraying.

It has 18 nozzles, spaced at a distance of 35 cm and can cover 3.5 acre/h.

We will keep you posted on several such innovations which can make life simpler for the rural population of India and are on the verge of commercialization.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 19, 2011 12:02 pm

    nice work .. If you want I can contribute for such posts as guest writer 🙂

    • April 19, 2011 12:35 pm

      Sure Bibhash, just drop me a mail on any posts that you write and I will post it here if it relates to innovation.

      Also give your two line profile at the end wherein I can tell the readers something about the author 🙂

  2. Sunil Malhotra permalink
    June 13, 2011 10:14 am

    These ‘prototype’ appropriate technology examples need to be taken to the next level — Productising. Are there any agencies/companies/institutions that offer resources and/or inputs viz. finance, design, engineering, marketing, etc. for this purpose?

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