Grassroot Innovations

Bicycle weeder

Details:

Bicycle weeder is a multipurpose farm implement developed by using inexpensive bicycle components. The main part of the implement consists of the front portion of a bicycle, namely handle bar, front axle and the wheel. A steel fork is connected to the axle and other end carries different attachments. Separate attachments for weeding and tilling are attached to the working end using bolts and nuts. This helps in changing the attachments as needed. The load in digging out the soil has been kept to the minimum by providing appropriate profiles and curvature to the implements. Suitable slots are provided for attachments so that the distance between the blades can be adjustable to suit specific requirements.

Innovator: Gopal Malhari Bhise

Area: Engineering Sciences

Contact Address: Jalgaon

State: Maharashtra

Funding agency: Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Govt. of India

National Mission: Skill India

Implementing institute: Gujarat Grassroots Innovations Augmentation Network (GIAN), India

Benefits

A person can weed one-acre land in five hours. The weeder is extremely easy to operate and is ideally suited to the needs of marginal farmers who can not afford to maintain bullocks. The tiller attachment enables the farmers to cultivate light and medium soil up to a depth of 3 cm.