Saturday, August 22, 2009

National innovations?

After seeing this link in Nanopolitan Pluck an innovation, I looked up Honybee network since this seemed to be the type of problem they would be interested in. From this post of about an year ago India’s National Innovation Foundation and Honeybee Network By rahulbrown, they seem to be hamstrung. Anil Gupta says in the comments:
"much of your criticism is valid and i can only say that if the issue was only dissemination, then you have done a good job of it. But then visit NIF and find out the stress under which a small team works days and night with highly limited resources,m static for last eight years( though in the same period, the number has swelled to more than hundred thousand practices, ideas, traditional knowledge practices, and of course innovations from over 545 districts ). May be you can be a valuable part of the solution rather than just finding out why much could not be done.

If you read Honey Bee newsletter, you will find in the last several issues in which we have published similar innovations which are found in China, Africa, and India.

I do not know about the right or wrong management at nif, but it is open management and colleagues are welcome to critique it, contribute to improve it ( every criticism helps in improving it) and take it forward.

there is no other public institution which has scaled up the knowledge about creativity and innovation in the country with budget going down in real terms in the last eight years.

we are always looking for mavericks who believe in making thsi ocuntry more creative, comassionate and collaborative, may be you will also collaborate

all the best and keep critiquing because that indeed helps"
P.S. See also Invent a coconut-picking machine and scoop a million rupees according to which "In Thailand and Malaysia, pigtailed macaques, a type of monkey, are trained to gather the fruit. In parts of India, hydraulic platforms are used to lift harvesters.
However, Mr Balakrishnan said that previous experiments in Kerala — from the planting of dwarf varieties to the provision of long sticks to farmers to prod nuts from trees — had proven unsatisfactory. “We are looking for a device that will help people to pluck the nuts without having to climb; ideally, one that will allow even women and the elderly to harvest the nuts from the ground,” he said.

The competition opens officially at the end of September and will run for six months. If a workable solution is found, the Kerala state government will help the inventor to set up a factory to supply the winning device to the international coconut industry."
Tender coconuts are exported from Thailand to Australia and are sold for 2-3 Aus. dollars. I understand that coconuts in Queensland are not harvested and go waste.

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