Farmers mostly use bullock carts to transport their produce travelling post sunset to transport their produce. They face fatal accidents due to speeding trucks and cars. According to a recent NCRB study, every year over 100 farmers in India lose their cattle and crops due to accidents at night.At times there have been deaths of farmers too.
Observing this challenge, Deepak Fertilisers and Petrochemicals Corporation Ltd (DFPCL) which has a stronghold in Maharashtra has embarked on an initiative that would provide solution making life-changing impact for the farmers and eventually their families.
DFPCL has come up with a simple, yet smart idea of “Lighting up farmers’ lives”. Bullock carts have been installed with battery operated LED strips that would be lit when the farmer is plying the highway in the night. The concept has turned out to be simple, cost effective while successfully addressing the challenge of poor lighting on highways and roads for typically those 4-5months when the crop needs to be transported. The approximate cost for lighting up one bullock cart is around Rs. 2000 and one such installation is sufficient to typically last for eight to nine months.
“Some of the accidents have dented the lives of the entire family as the main bread earner lost his life. We felt that there was a dire need to address this issue immediately and approached various agencies to come up with a solution that could help in avoiding accidents,” Arvind Kulkarni, Vice President Agri Sales DFPCL.
The initiative currently is in its test phase and is being piloted in Daund, a small taluka near Pune, where sugarcane is one of the primary crop.