Innovator, Scientist & Crusader for Renewable Energy
Dr. Anumakonda Jagadeesh of Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India has been dedicating his life for the past 4 decades in number of Social Innovations.
Dr. Anumakonda Jagadeesh obtained his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Physics from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India, and his Doctorate degree in Wind Energy from the prestigious University of Roorkee (now the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee [IITR]). He has been involved in teaching and research for the last 40 years.
Dr. Jagadeesh widely interacted with several global and national organizations in Science and Technology projects; his programs attracted worldwide attention, especially in Appropriate Technology, Afforestation, Renewable Energy, Environment, etc.
He also founded “Nayudamma Centre for Development Alternatives” in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India in 1994 which has been acting as a think tank in promoting Energy, Environment, and Appropriate Technology programs and projects.
Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s Philosophy of “Be the change that you wish to see in the world” and E.F.Schumacher’s “Small is Beautiful”, Dr.Jagadeesh has had over 40 Innovations in the fields of Renewable Energy, Environment, Appropriate Technology etc.
Growing Leafy Vegetables on Book Racks and Vegetables on Stand
Dr. Anumakonda Jagadeesh has been involved in rural technologies for decades. He believes that developing countries development solutions should come from local regions. He has designed a stand and fitted rings of about 1 foot diameter in 3 layers. There is enough space between the rings horizontally and to grow plants vertically. The base has a strong round stand for stability (Iron).
Pots (Conical) are filled with soil and animal dung and natural fertilizer. Vegetables seed lings or seeds like tomato, Bhendi and others are raised in the pots. There is a small hole at the bottom of the pots to drain away excess water. The pots chosen are of tough plastic for light weight, durability and elegance. The plastic pots are covered with thin black canvas so that due to sunlight absorption weeds won’t grow and evaporation water supplied is reduced. Moreover all the nutrients in the container are taken by the plant.
The stand is painted with Redoxide to free it from rusting. Since the stand is within reach, watering is not a problem. One can use this system to grow vegetables on the roof or in the backyard. Rural women can grow vegetables in this way for marketing on a small scale locally. The units are modular depending on the requirement of vegetables.