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Thresher Project - Introduction
Thresher Project provides small gasoline/kerosene powered wheat and
barley threshers to villages in Ladakh that because of their remoteness
have received little or no humanitarian assistance.
A crop that would take 10 to 14 days to thresh using animals takes
from two to three days using the thresher. After harvest, many farmers
travel to other parts of Ladakh for manual labor and the time they save
using the thresher enables them to leave earlier.
The thresher provides an alternative to villagers who do not have animals
and have to rent them. Even those with animals cannot always rely on
them since they get sick and sometimes die.
issues with animals defecating and urinating on the grain are avoided
by using the thresher.
Less grain is lost using the thresher because animal threshing does
not always completely thresh the heads and some of the grain is trampled
into the ground.
The head Lama of one village told us that he likes the thresher because
it runs on its own and they do not have to beat their animals (a sin
in Buddhism) to get them to cooperate in the threshing process. The thresher thus
elimates a religious obstacle that is a problem associated with traditional threshing methods.
For more details on traditional Ladakhi farming and threshing, and
more details on our Thresher Project, plus more videos, please visit
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