ANIMAL TRACTION TODAY|
Nowadays the working animals in the remote villages of rural areas are hundreds of millions.
Their are mainly used for ploughing the agriculture land, hauling carts, pulling agricultural implements, running certain other devices such mechanical pumps, for lifting water, and sugar cane and seed crushers.
They are also used as pack animal (to carry load on their backs), for handling, dragging and stacking timber logs in the forests and for commercial activity on animal driven carts.
|WATER LIFTING AND ELECTRICITY GENERATION
Dozens of patents
has been issued in several countries for the use of draught animal power for the generation of electric current and several institutions have conducted experiments and developed prototypes having the same purpose.
Stand alone photovoltaic plants, fuel engine generators, pedal generators, i.e. foot crank generators, can be considered the competitors of the animal traction for the water lifting and for the generation of the electric current in remote villages.
For water lifting and seed crushing also the work of women and children could be considered a competitor to be inserted in a cost benefit analysis.