Recently we come to know about some of the interesting machines used for peeling fruits and vegetables from Pelamatic located at Valencia, Spain. Do watch the videos of the machines, Orange Peel – The founder of the company (José Pérez) wanted to make a machine that will peel the many oranges ate. And after a few nights of reflection and thinking got invent the only machine able to peel oranges in the market.
Robito Vaina – Designed to shell easily and quickly for shelling beans and peas.
Born in the Prajapati family, originally belonging to the village Nichimandal of Morbi, Rajkot, Mansukhbhai had exposure to the clay tradition since childhood, as this was his family’s traditional profession. He used to load clay from the ponds and fields on the donkey and ferry it to his place. Other than this, his contribution was limited as he was not much interested in the pottery work.
Having gained a sound knowledge while working in the pottery unit, the desire to start an enterprise of his own started to grow in Mansukhbhais mind. During his childhood, he saw earthen pans/hot plates (locally termed as Kaladi/Tavdi) being manufactured manually on the potters wheel (locally termed as Chhakdo). Using this, one person can only make about 100 units per day. He had seen roof tiles being manufactured in large quantity on hand press, which made him think why cannot earthen pans be made the same way?
In 1988, he left his job and took a loan of Rs 30,000 from a money lender to start his own earthen plate manufacturing factory. He purchased a small piece of land for the factory, dyes and presses, soil mixing machine, electric potters wheel and other scrap objects. Then he modified the roof tile making hand press and developed a hand press machine having capacity to produce 700 earthen pans per day.
In the fateful earthquake of January 2001, Mansukhbhai suffered huge loss, as most of his stock got broken. He distributed the stock that escaped the quake to the quake affected people of Kutch. In February 2001, Sandesh Gujarati Daily had a photo feature on the earthquake where at one place it showed a broken water filter of Mansukhbhai with the caption the broken fridge of poor.
This caption ignited a thought in him to work on a rural fridge that did not need electricity and could be used by masses. Though he started thinking about it after the Gujarat earthquake of 2001, it was 2002 when he actually started his work. Almost the same time, Mansukhbhai came into the contact of Gujarat Grass-roots Innovation Augmentation Network (GIAN), Ahmedabad. After a painstaking journey of three years during which he tested all sorts of soils and fridge designs, he finally came out with Mitticool fridge in 2005. A civil engineer saw the fridge and looking at its applications gave him the order of 100 pieces and an advance of Rs. 2 lakh.
Adelinde Cornelissen, from dressage rider Netherlands decided to pull out from participating in the Olympic games because her horse felt ill and with love towards her horse who has given her everything, didn’t wanted to risk his life for the Olympic game.
Here is what she wrote on her facebook describing the events that took place which lead her to take this good decision and save her horse.
” Lots has happened…
The first days in Rio went according to plan: a relaxed flight, stabling good, training good. Parzival feels happy and fit.
Until yesterday morning… I planned to train early on Tuesday morning, so I was at the stable at 6am. Saying good morning to Parzival, I saw the right side of his head was swollen, he had been kicking the walls. I took his temperature:he had a fever of over 40 degrees Celcius, but he still didn’t look sick. He was eating and drinking and while walking I had a hard time keeping up with him, as always…
Jan Greve came right away and after double checking with the vets here they concluded he was bitten by an insect or spider or some sort of animal which produces toxics.
To get the toxics out of his system we gave him fluids. From 6.30 to 15.45hrs we kept him on this. It helps the kidneys to clean up the toxics out of the body. The vets at the clinic took swaps from the nose and checked the blood. The temperature dropped gradually and by 15.30 it was 38.4… We then took x-rays from the jaw and echoed the area. Just making sure..All ok.
At the end of the day the fever was down and I handwalked Parzival a bit. He looked a lot better and the swelling of his head was at least 1/3 the size of this morning…
Then difficult descisions came… We requested the FEI if we could swap starting places within the team, so Parzi could get a day to recover. Competing on thursday in stead of wednesday. But the FEI declined. At that point I didn’t want to compete anymore… Parzival’s health is more important than anything else in this world!
I slept at the stables, checking up on Parzi every hour… I was not going to leave him alone! Of course I didn’t get any sleep…
Main thing, this morning temperature had dropped to 37.5! And the swelling again had come down a bit..
New difficult decisions to make.. I had decided yesterday I was not going to compete, but now the temperature was back to normal, he looked fit, was eating and drinking good, I also didn’t want to let the team down… In the back of my mind knowing we had no reserve combination here….. What to do?
Between 7am and 8am we were allowed to ride in the arena. I discussed with Jan Greve and Johan Rockx and decided we were going to walk and trot under saddle for 10 min and see how he was…
And so we did… We went to the arena, rode a few laps and he looked happy and fit. Coming back to the stables the temperature was still down…
Again difficult descisions… What to do? He is fit now, but you know what happened yesterday… Nobody to fill in my place if I would withdraw, letting the team down.
Questions questions… What is wise? I discussed with several vets and the team coach.. The FEI vets came and checked up on him around 10am. All gave green light to compete.. We decided I would give it a try. The fever was down, which means the toxics are out of his system. There is still a bit of swelling in the jaw, but we cooled it all the time and the swelling gets less…
I agreed to give it a try. Knowing the story, I took it easy in the warm up and didn’t want to ride full. He was ok, although he didn’t feel very powerful. Normal of course after a day like yesterday. I walked a lot to save the energy.. When I entered I already felt he was giving his utmost and being the fighter he is, he never gives up… But in order to protect him, I gave up…My buddy, my friend, the horse that has given everything for me his whole life does not deserve this…. So I saluted and left the arena…..#twohearts “
52-year-old Radhika Anand, resident of Delhi and a former Air Force Officer’s daughter, has planted more than one lakh twenty thousand saplings in a single year in partnership with the Indian Army. The Trees included in these are mango, tamarind, blackberry, and jackfruit trees which were planted in and around across Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and North India Army Formations. The cost to plant and nurture the tree for its entire life is just 15 Rupees as per her.
Radhika Anand is also a Founder & CEO of Plantology, which felicitates a mass movement amongst young minds which has subsequently manifested in productive socio-ecomomic welfare outcomes.
Plantology’s latest initiative is “Mission Fal-Van, Fruit for All” which is a movement towords creating more green cover and oxygen for our future generations and food for all species existing on plant earth. Mission “Fal Van” aims to plant 50,000 fruit trees per year.
You may contact Plantology at their website http://www.plantologyindia.com.
Satyamev Jayate (English: Truth Alone Prevails) is an Indian television talk show aired on various channels within Star Network along with Doordarshan’s DD National. It Aired an episode on Water Conservation “Water – Every drop counts”.
Haji Kalimullah Khan from Malihabad, Lucknow, India, also called as ‘Mango Man’ has been awarded the Padma Shri in 2008 for his rare technique of growing more than 300 varieties of mangoes of different shapes, sizes and hues on one tree.
Khan’s prized tree is about 100 years old on which he started work in 1987 to develop the craft of growing different varieties on one tree. Using the asexual propagation technique of grafting, he has developed several new varieties of mangoes, some of which has been named after his family members who also were mango growers and some named after celebrities such as Akhilesh Yadav, Sachin Tendulkar, Sonia Gandhi and Aishwarya Rai. Anarkali, a variety of mango developed by him is reported to have two different skins and two different layers of pulp, each having a different taste. Every fruit on this tree has a tiny tin label of identification on its pale green pedicle.
No wonder the tree has been put together with great care. So, the Alphonsos have come all the way from Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri district, the Langras from Bihar, the Himsagars from West Bengal and the Bangan-pallis from Andhra Pradesh. He knows all eyes are on the tree. Hence the constant striving for perfection. “I am angootha-thek (illiterate),” he says, “but I do have something to contribute.”
“Kaleemullah is an amazing man,” grants an official of the Uttar Pradesh government’s directorate of horticulture and food processing.
A local Hindi-language journalist acquiesces: “It’s unbelievable. Kaleemullah can grow two or three varieties of mangoes on the same stalk. What’s more, he recognises every single variety from the way it looks and smells.”
Listen the complete story from Haji Kalimullah Khan own.
You may contact “Padam Shree Haji Kalimullah Khan” at his Mobile No : +91 9936653445 and address Malihabad, Lucknow, from state Uttar Pradesh in India. His website is http://hajikaleemullahkhan.in
Is our food safe? A red alert question that Ramanjaneyulu, puts out to all of us. Hear him talk about the quality of food we are eating. Listen to the reasons we need to adapt to organic farming as a results of excessive use of chemical pesticides and horrifying facts and statistics, surrounding them. He alerts us to the damage we are doing to our ecological footprints. In his heart wrenching talk, Ramanjaneyulu, highlights the plight of farmers and the reasons they commit suicide and the many reasons that farmers and farming should not die.
“We are what we eat and plants give us what we feed.” He is waging a war against the use of pesticides in agricultural activities and has challenged the traditional methods of farming. Apart from running the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture as the Executive Director, he also runs a small outlet, Sahaja Ahaaram, which stocks pest-free products from farmers. After leaving his full-time government job, Ramanjaneyulu dedicated himself to the benefit of farmers and his campaign, ‘India for Safe Food’.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
Watch this beautiful Inspiring video of Mother bird and her children trying to climb stairs, which shows us how not to leave attempting anything midway, we may fail multiple times but if we keep trying, success is ours.
In 2014, the National Crime Records Bureau of India reported 5,650 farmer suicides. The farmers suicide rate in India has ranged between 1.4 to 1.8 per 100,000 total population, over a 10-year period through 2005.
Taking off from this grim reality, NDTV together with Piramal Foundation launches Cultivating Hope campaign which aims at highlighting farmer related issues, raise awareness about the adversities faced by farmers in India and find ways to overcome challenges by adapting to solutions. The event is a platform for farmer families to bring to the forefront the various hurdles they face and look forward to a solution oriented future ahead.
Notable celebrities like Akshay Kumar, Nana Patekar who had been supporting drought-struck farmers, extended their support to the Cultivating Hope campaign.
NDTV has also started “Farmers For Future” Movement which aims at collecting suggestions from all over for betterment of farmers. NDTV has partnered with digitalgreen as “knowledge partner” for this campaign.
Ram Saran Verma, 48, from Daulatpur village of Uttar Pradesh’s Barabanki district, who devised his own hybrid and tissue culture technique to increase crop yields by as much as 300 per cent and chose to share his secret for free; he has imparted his techniques to over 10,000 farmers not just from his own state but from as far as Gujarat and West Bengal.
The three-fold mantra of this school dropout is technology, quality and crop rotation. Verma has been rotating five crops over the last two years, and it’s this that has helped him stave off any slowdown in a single crop. “Once you are growing five different crops, the ups and downs are automatically taken care of. For instance, if the price of banana went down, that of potato shot up; likewise, the high yield of tomato sufficed to meet the down swing in its price,” he explains.
Mr. Verma runs “Hi-Tech Agriculture & Consultation” at Village Daulatapur, Uttar Pradesh and you can find more information at their website vermaagri.com
Story of Chris Koch, by OWN ( Oprah Winfrey Network )
Everyone knows farming requires hard physical labor. While Apricot Lane Farms has a lot of excellent farmhands, none have been as memorable as Chris. Hear Chris’ extraordinary story.
35-year-old Chris Koch from Nanton, Alberta was born without arms or legs, but that hasn’t stopped him from fulfilling his dream of becoming a farmer. Chris says, “I want to use my life to inspire and motivate others. I also want to give people a good laugh, too — if you can’t laugh at life, what can you laugh at?”
Chris is a farmer, founder of ifican, motivational speaker. he can be reached through contacts on his website.