Wayanad farmer develops machine that can thresh 12 paddy bundles in 5 minutes
A farmer from Wayanad has developed a paddy thresher machine that can thresh 12 bundles of paddy within 5 minutes. The machine is operated manually and no electricity or fuel is required for it. Valad Pularippara native Vijayan is the inventor of the thresher. The 60-year-old farmer managed to thresh the paddy from his one acre land using this machine.
Vijayan ideated the paddy thresher about one year ago. He shared the idea with his sister Devala who is a successful organic farmer. When lockdown was imposed, Vijayan and his son Suresh Babu developed the machine after several experiments.
During the paddy harvest last year, he had to search a lot to find a paddy thresher. Finally he could find one and managed to thresh the paddy. However, about half of the paddy was destroyed by the time. Thus he decided to make a machine on his own so that such a situation never occurs again.
The thresher is two meter long and one meter long and was built on a wooden board. Nails, iron pieces and belt were used in the machine. The machine can be dismantled into different parts and assembled again after taking it to the required spot. The machine can be operated easily giving only light force.
Vijayan and family are traditional farmers at Pularippara. They cultivated traditional paddy seeds like Rakthasali, Kunkumasali, Koduveliyan, Onamottan and Ayyootty this time. Even after facing many difficulties, they have never stopped paddy farming.
Vijayan said that he is experienced in wood works and this helped him while making the machine. The machine can be operated using a motor also. He said that he has plans to modify the machine rectifying its shortcomings.