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 2013-2014:

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DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT:

 

 

[1] Scope of S & T intervention in supari business for economic up liftmen of rural women

 

 

 

NGO/Institution Associated:

Assam Mahila Samata Society

Objectives:-

  • To improve the tools and equipment of cutting supari so that the production is optimized to its maximum

 

Introduction:
Dried betel nut selling is a popular business in the districts of Dhubri, Goalpara and Barpeta. It has become a family business for many people and the each of the family members including children are involved in cutting the dried betel nut, locally called supari, into small pieces with the help of a sakta (cutter). The presently used tool (sakta) for cutting supai is a traditional method. This requires more time and the output is very low, hence the efficiency is very poor.

 


 

[2] Development of Solar Assisted Aerator for fish farmers of NE India

 

 

 

NGO/Institution Associated:

Ajagar Social Circle, Goalpara, Assam

 

Most of the present day aerators used in fish ponds are located in the rural areas where these are either operated by diesel pump or electricity. Electrically operated aerators mounted with 2 HP motor when runs for about  4-5 hours a day in the wee hours are adds additional rupee in the cost of production which otherwise should remain at low level. Unlike fishing boats operated in coastal waters, fish farmers who run diesel operated aerators do not receive any subsidized diesel from Govt. and with the increase in fuel price hike, the operating cost of such aerators have gone high.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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An  interactive Workshop among NGOs on Identification of Challenging, need based technological problems related to revamping rural economy

29th October, 2013 at Conference Room, Institution of Engineers(India) Assam State Centre

 

1.  Lotus Progressive Centre, Nalbari

2. Assam Bell Metal Artisans Cooperative Society, Sarthebari

3. Grameen Sahara

4. North East Integrated rural Development Organization (NIRDO)

5. We Care Foundation

6. Tezpur University

 

1. Proper packaging of dried herbs  after dying  have good demands both within and outside country

2. Using solar energy for bamboo based purifier for removal of fluoride from drinking water

3. Energy from burning of rice husk may be coupled with mosquito repellent  device and lighting

4. Livestock farming-cum fishery(e.g. piggery-cum-fishery)

5. Integrated agriculture (e.g. paddy-cum-fisheries)

6. Development of bio fermenting engine

7. Problem on burning of charcoal used for smelting the raw flux, affects the health of the workers

8. Scrapping of the blackened under surface of the manufactured products, utensils, in the final stage

9. Technical problem of producing incense sticks from the usually available varieties of bamboo

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Demonstration of Compressed Feed Block Machine at National Research Centre-Yak

7th November,2013 at conference room of NRC on Yak

To demonstrate the two compressed feed block machine developed under RuTAG-NE :

(a)  Mechanical

(b)  Hydraulic operated

3

Visit  to Assam Bell Metal Artisans Cooperative Society, Sarthebari

13th December, 2013

Interaction with the members and discussed on various aspects/ problems faced by the artisans of Bell metal Industry

4

An workshop on identification of problems of North East for developing rural economy involving few NGOs of Meghalaya in association with NIT Meghalaya

25th February, 2014 at NIT Meghalaya

 

1. Bosco Integrated Development Society

2. sohra Society for Sanitation

3. Nongstein Social Service society

4. Rilum Foundation

5. Bethany Society

6. Bellefonte Community College

7. Nongstein Youth Development Association

1. Problems/ issues discussed connected with the farming of broom grass

2. large scale of sanitation problem in some parts of East Khasi Hills district mainly due to hard rocks

3. The utility of rice washed water along with milk which make it useful as manure

4. Mobility problems of children in some villages

 

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