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Study of Supply Chain, Production Potential of Hirda and Design of Hirda Decortication Machine for Livelihood Generation for Tribal People

  • Prashant P. TakEmail author
  • Tanjum Haque
  • Anirban Guha
  • Anand B. Rao
  • Narendra Shah
  • Rupali S. Khanolkar
Conference paper
Part of the Design Science and Innovation book series (DSI)

Abstract

Hirda is the main source of livelihood for tribal people living in the Ambegaon block of Pune district, Maharashtra. People are engaged in various activities related to hirda such as collection, sun-drying and sells. Despite high production potential in the region, it is not utilized due to problems in supply chain, lack of awareness about its uses and low prices in the local market. NGO Shashwat working for various problems in the same region, requested RuTAG IIT Bombay for development of decortication machine to increase the efficiency of decortication after getting repeated orders from Pune from ayurvedic medicine manufacturing firm. This paper includes the study of actual production of hirda and production potential in 44 tribal villages of Ambegaon block. It also focuses on supply chain and value chain for better utilization of hirda by processing. The process of development of hirda decortication machine is also included as part of the study.

Keywords

Hirda Terminalia chebula Supply chain Decortication machine and livelihood Tribal people 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors are grateful for funding and support from the Office of Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, for giving us the opportunity to work on the project under RuTAG IIT Bombay. We wish to thank Mr. Budhaji Damse and Mr. Dunda Jadar from the NGO Shashwat along with members of SHG at Gadewadi for co-operation and support.

References

  1. 1.
    Tak P, Haque T, Rao AB (2016) Better livelihood opportunities for tribals through supply chain interventions of Hirda. In: Humanitarian technology conference (R10-HTC), 2016 IEEE Region 10, Agra, IndiaGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Photo taken during the trials of Hirda decortication machine developed by MPKV, Rahuri at Gadewadi, Dist-Pune, MaharashtraGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Prashant P. Tak
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Tanjum Haque
    • 2
  • Anirban Guha
    • 3
  • Anand B. Rao
    • 1
    • 2
  • Narendra Shah
    • 2
  • Rupali S. Khanolkar
    • 1
  1. 1.Rural Technology Action Group (RuTAG)IIT BombayMumbaiIndia
  2. 2.Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas (CTARA)IIT BombayMumbaiIndia
  3. 3.Department of Mechanical EngineeringIIT BombayMumbaiIndia

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