Name : Rajendra Chhabulal Jadhav
District & State : Nashik, Maharashtra
Category : Agricultural (General)
Award : Consolation
Award Function : 9th National Grassroots Innovation Awards
Award Year : 2017
Rajendra Jadhav (56), a fabricator, realised while discussing with farmers that the sprayers used by them do not perform efficiently and most of the liquid pesticide gets dispersed into the air and thus wasted. This triggered him to develop a device, which can overcome this problem and work efficiently with proper spraying of pesticide on the plants.
His father was also a fabricator and had a workshop at a rented place where he worked with both his sons, Rajendra and his brother. Due to the poor financial conditions both brothers had to join their father early in the fabrication workshop after discontinuing their studies, where they did repairing and fabrication work of steel. With time the number of orders increased, they expanded their workshop and also started the repairing work of agricultural water pumps along with domestic fabrication work like grills, iron roof, shade etc. In 1985, he started his own shop, Raju Engineering Works, where he started repairing of agricultural machineries and tractor. He now lives with his wife and two sons and their families. Both his sons joined him in his workshop after their graduation. Later, with increasing demand in the market for agricultural machineries, he started manufacturing agricultural equipment like mould board plough, cultivator, disc plough, etc. In 2001, he started another workshop named C. K. Enterprises where they started undertaking manufacturing of agricultural equipment.