Bantwal farmer’s invention, Areca tree bike catches Anand Mahindra’s eyes


Bantwal: A unique invention of a Bantwal based farmer has got him recognition from Anand Mahindra, chairman of Mahindra Group.

Ganapathi Bhat from Sajipa invented a tree motor bike with which a person can climb areca nut trees with great ease.

Anand Mahindra who came across a news story on Bhat’s invention was impressed. In a tweet, he not only expressed his appreciation but also proposed to market Bhat’s device as part of Mahindra Group’s farm solutions portfolio.

Knowing the challenges of climbing areca nut trees, and the difficulties of finding people who can climb them, Bhat a B Sc graduate who turned to full time farming started designing a machine that works like a bike but moves vertically. He took help from a friend who is a mechanical engineer.

It took him six years to make this concept a reality and he installed a gear box to a 2 stroke engine and also shock absorbers, disk brake and safety lock.

Pegged at a cost of Rs 75,000, the scooter can climb 90 areca trees with one liter petrol.

The machine also has a safety harness that stops the climber from falling. The device is very simple to operate and even women can climb the trees. The machine can scale a height of over 100 feet with great ease.

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