RuTAG-NE

Rural Technology Action Group-North-East

Initiated and Sponsored By the Principal Scientific Adviser to

The Government of India

 

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Activities: Year 2007-2008:

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DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT:

 

 

[1] Development of Endi (Eri) Silk processing Technology/ Eri Cocoon Opener

 

 

NGO/Institution Associated:

Tamulpur Anchalik Gramdan Sangh (TAGS), Kumarikata, Nalbari, Assam

Objectives:-

  • To standardize Eri cocoon opening mechanism
  • Reduction on cost of production
  • Enhancement of artisans/ Eri Silk spinners' earnings/wages

Introduction:
Artisans engaged in Eri Silk spinning feel that their daily earnings from such activities is much less than other economic avenues  as the appliances used for Eri opening and spinning are age old and less productive. Therefore these artisans are migrating from the Eri Silk sector to other remunerative activities. Tamulpur Anchalik Gramdan Sangh (TAGS), Kumarikata, Nalbari, Assam came up with a proposal for development of a low cost Eri cocoon opener for Eri Silk processing.

Achievements:
An Eri Cocoon opener was developed through several stages by RuTAG-NE. The machine was field tested. The chief Executive of TAGS, Late Padmashri R. N. Upadhyay observed that Lap quality and quantity of Eri silk with the machine has greatly improved (approximately 7.5 times).

 

 

 

 

 

Eri Coccon Opener

Lap Cutting Machine

Contribution towards strengthening RuTAG:
The resultant impact is that the artisans involved in the trade now earn about Rs. 200/- to 220/- per day, and many artisans have returned to the trade.

Current Scenario - Multiplication/entrepreneurship etc: :


The technology is now validated with trials, and is used by Tamulpur Anchalik Gramdan Samiti (TAGS). It is ready for dissemination to other areas.

 

 

[2] Development of Dual Purpose Pedal Driven Washing Machine

 

 

NGO/Institution Associated:

Assam Engineering College, Guwahati, Assam

Objectives:-

  • Development of a cost effective, dual purpose   pedal driven washing machine

Introduction:
Considering the current erratic power supply position and lack of running water facility in the rural areas of Assam, a mini project on Dual Purpose Pedal Driven Washing Machine has been taken up ,  that will enable washing of cloth  with minimum effort coupled with facilitation of  physical exercise, simultaneously.

Achievements:
The washing machine consists of two drums- the inner and the outer drum. Cloths along with water and detergents are placed inside the inner drum. Rotary action of the inner drum provides the washing action. Power required to rotate the inner drum was generated by paddling. After the washing action is completed, water is drained out through a drainage cock and then the spinning action was effected by rotating the drum at higher speed.

Lap Cutting Machine

Contribution towards strengthening RuTAG:
Manually operated, dual purpose, washing machine has been developed.

Current Scenario - Multiplication/entrepreneurship etc:
Dissemination of the technology has not yet been taken off
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INTERACTION WITH S&T NGOs OF NORTH EAST/ WORKSHOPS AMD COORDINATION WITH S&T INSTITUTIONS:

 

 

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Workshop/ Meeting

Period of organization and venues/ NGOs attended

Theme / Issue emerged

1

Visit to Buildsworth (India) Pvt. Ltd., situated on Hono Boro Road (off G S Road) at Kacharibasti, Guwahati

21st - 22nd June, 2006

Evaluation of performance of a prototype of Zero Head Water Turbine developed by Mr. M. N. Dutta

2

Visit to banana market in Darrangiri, Goalpara, Assam

23rd June, 2006

Interaction with farmers and members of Darrangiri Banana Market Society.

3

Visit to Tamulpur Anchalik Gramdan Sangh (TAGS), Kumarikata, Baska,

24th  June, 2006

Discussed on various aspects on development of a Eri Cocoon opener and Lap cutting machine 

4

Group consultation meeting at the  Institution of Engineers (I), Assam State Centre, Panbazar

28th August, 2006

Brief outline of five identified projects including 3 mini projects were discussed in the meeting. Opinions were invited from members of the meeting to identify relevant S & T institutions, NGOs and consultants for S & T intervention.

5

Visit to Darrangiri, Goalpara, Assam and adjoining areas including some areas of East Garo Hills, Meghalaya

16th December, 2006

Field visit of a team of Scientist along with a Dr (Ms) R. Chaturvedi, Asstt. Professor, Biotechnology Deptt. IIT G to the Banana Growing areas.

6

RuTAG-NE in association with GIAN-NE organized  a Technology Exhibition at, Guwahatiin collaboration withNEDFI

21st - 24th December, 2006

To showcase some of technology exhibits of rural technology innovated by the people of North East

7

Technical committee meeting on Floating Decentralized Power Plant developed by Shri M. N. Dutta at Buildsworth (India) Pvt. Ltd., situated on Hono Boro Road (off G S Road),  Kacharibasti, Guwahati

29th January, 2007

Technical Discussion on follow up S&T intervention

8

Cultivation of Mushroom Preservation of Indigenous Medical Plants and Food Processing at Shanti Sadhana Ashram, Guwahati

15-16th March, 2007

Interaction with members of SSA and resource person.

 

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