270 times of climbing by a tapper reduced to two climbs- to install the device and remove 90 days later. Productivity multiplies by minimum 18-fold.
Tapping neera/toddy from the coconut trees are doing manually in every coconut cultivating country. The basic procedures are common in all regions such as beating the inflorescence for stimulation, cutting of its apex, collection to a pot. Though neera and its value added products creates 7-8 times more income to the farmers than the income from nut production, tappers have to put in backbreaking effort to tap the neera out from an inflorescence. Most of the trained tappers were discontinued and moved to much easier job. In my state Kerala (a state of India famous for dense coconut cultivation), tappers available only 1% of its requirement. Most of the neera producers quit.
Our patent pending technology is an automatic system with the electrical powered tapping devices and an extraction unit. Once the device is fixed to an inflorescence, as per the program the mechanism inside the device will do beating and cutting of the inflorescence, then the neera oozes out will be collected and transported to the storage via network tubing.
International WIPO Patent (no: PCT/IN/2017/050544) with the Priority date of Indian provisional patent dated 23/11/2016. link given below:
We got International Patent Search Report with all our 15 claims approved for Novelty, Inventive step and Industrial applicability without any objections. link given below:
Applied for Indian Full patent (no: 201641040063) on 18/11/2017
We could form a team which includes traditional toddy tappers, with the boot-strap fund we could make the proof-of-concept and we could discover much easier techniques of tapping which no one have experimented ever.
Won 8th Idea Day Contest and received grant from Kerala Start-Up Mission.
Won Ankur Project Grant organized by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) to develop prototype.