Re: [fukuoka_farming] As oil prices surge, a village cycles and car-pools the way out
Solar / Wind Charging of Battery operated vehicle is good option in future for the farm sector.
All the existing vehicles can be converted to battery operated vehicles by replacing the engine with electric motor and adding sufficient batteries.
This is very good option for local operation, short distance (100 km in one charge).
Even battery operated small tractors is good options.
--- On Tue, 1/7/08, parmbir <parm1245@...> wrote:
From: parmbir <parm1245@...>
Subject: [fukuoka_farming] As oil prices surge, a village cycles and car-pools the way out
Date: Tuesday, 1 July, 2008, 6:19 PM
HIWRE BAZAAR (MAHARASHTRA) INDIA, JUNE 30: Long before the
government raised prices of petrol and diesel and Union Ministers
resorted to tokenisms like cutting down on foreign trips, a small
village in Maharashtra had begun walking the talk on economising
As reports of an imminent increase in oil prices began making
headlines about two months ago, the gram sabha of Hiwre Bazaar in
Ahmednagar district, about 300 km from Mumbai and home to about
1,300 people, passed a resolution urging residents not to use motor
vehicles within the village and encouraged pooling automobiles and
the use of bicycles.
Although the impact may seem like a drop in the global fuel ocean,
it is nevertheless bringing some cheer to the villagers. Hiwre
Bazaar is heading towards saving about 100 litres of petrol everyday
and many villagers who have aggressively adopted the resolution
claim they have cut their fuel expenses by 50 per cent.
"Our village has always been thinking ahead of its time," says
sarpanch Popatrao Pawar, the brain behind an idea economists and
finance ministers would heartily endorse. "According our estimates,
we plan to save 100 litres of petrol everyday by pooling and
switching to bicycles. People here go far for work and most of them
have vehicles. So by better co-ordination and pooling, enough fuel
can be saved."
Residents of the village are quick to point out that their
economising is not forced by poverty or their inability to afford
petrol and diesel. The largely farming village of 236 families has
307 vehicles — 268 motorbikes, 22 four-wheelers and 17 tractors. In
fact, 25 per cent of the families are millionaires, they add.
Rajendra Pawar, 36, one of four tempo-owners in the village, says
that in the past each one would go to Ahmednagar, 16 km away,
separately to sell vegetables. "At that time, the profit used to get
divided between us. But now each one takes turns going to the city.
This not only saves our diesel and transportation cost but has also
increased our profits.
Now, we use our tempos for some other purpose on a lean day," he
Rajendra Thumbe and Rajendra Sumbe, both teachers at Nimga Waga
village, 16 km from Hiwre Bazaar, give rides to each other on their
motorbikes every week "after proper co-ordination" . "We save Rs 300
every month over fuel which otherwise used to cost us Rs 600," said
Raosaheb Ranoji Pawar (82), who bought the first motorbike in the
village in 1970, but now rides a bicycle, has a different take on
the resolution. "It is much healthier to ride a bicycle than a
motorbike. These young boys get exhausted after cycling and all due
to their habits," he said.
While neighbouring villages and government agencies are amazed by
the move, it is just the latest in a series of progressive steps for
residents of Hiwre Bazaar. When the village was drought-hit years
ago, residents took to water harvesting and also started to protect
the forests around it, winning accolades and drawing the attention
of national and international agencies which came to study their
Villagers now farm through the year due to abundance of water. In
2000, the village passed a resolution making HIV tests mandatory
before marriage. It also passed a resolution preventing land sale to
outsiders. Village resolutions, including the one on fuel
consumption, are rarely violated as residents say they are close-
"Our village has always been an example for others," says sarpanch
Pawar, a masters in commerce from Pune University and a cricketer,
who chose to return to Hiwre Bazaar after his education in 1985. "We
don't want to claim that we are doing anything great, but if a small
village can do this, and if others can at least follow our model, we
can save enough of our foreign currency used for buying fuel."
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