A creative worker and his innovations
Eastern Mirror Desk
Dimapur, Jan. 23 (EMN): On Nov. 17 2018, an innovator from Nagaland, Imnameren Imsong, had presented his innovations during the 6th National Conference on Social Innovation (NCSI) at Yashada, in Pune. The event was organised by the Pune International Centre (PIC), in association with Tata Institute for Social Sciences (TISS), and the National Innovation Foundation (NIF).
Imsong owns an innovation centre, known as ‘Meren Centre for Innovation’ at Suhoi village, in Dimapur. He was one among 18 innovators from across the country who presented their work during the day-long session.
The innovations were grouped into three categories—tribal, rural, and urban. Each category consisted of six innovators. Imsong (Meren Centre for Innovation) was included in the tribal innovation category. His cousin, Imlionen Ao, who identified himself as Imsong’s interpreter told Eastern Mirror that the PIC would host the innovators in March 2019 for the final selection. Meren Centre for Innovation promotes three products: Naga Tuber Slicer, T&T Pig Dummy, and Surgical Table.
The Naga Tuber Slicer was designed for faster slicing of tapioca. It can also be used to slice papaya and pumpkin, among others. According to Imlionen, the idea to invent the tapioca slicer was born out of necessity as Imsong rears a large number of pigs; he needs to slice a large amount of tapioca daily to feed the livestock.
T&T Pig Dummy was designed to extract semen from boar, or male pigs. The extracted semen will then be used for artificial insemination, in which the semen will be injected into gilt or sows, or female pigs, for fertilisation.
The Surgical Table—also known as animal restraint and operation table—is used for castration. The machine was designed, especially for small animals, including dog and cat, to name a few. Imlionen said that the machine has already been registered for patent recognition.