Man develops 'Edwin Agrocart' to help cardamom farmers during lockdown
Idukki: Kochera native Manu Joseph returned home from Bahrain after 15 years of expat life due to the COVID crisis. However, he did not waste time and planned to design a machine which can be useful for the cardamom farmers in the area. Thus he started working on a prototype to reduce effort of farmers.
Within 6 months, Manu managed to develop a machine to till the soil, apply fertiliser and pesticides in the farms. The machine named ‘Edwin Agrocart’ works on a petrol engine. It can be operated manually and pesticides can be applied easily. It is designed in a way that enables the farmers to take the equipment anywhere in the farm.
The manufacturing cost was about Rs 65,000. On knowing about the machine, farmers in the neighbourhood requested Manu to make the machine for them. Manu is planning to take patent for the machine and produce it on industrial scale.
As the first venture became successful, he is also thinking about another machine to till the soil in cardamom farms. Manu has completed diploma in automobile engineering and electronics and communications.