TNM awards  Malawi young innovator Kelvin Batwell

Integrated mobile network and ICT services provider, TNM Plc has presented a phone and year-long data package to 13-year old Kelvin Batwell who invented a groundnuts plucking machine as a way of encouraging his innovative aspirations.

TNM’S Chimwemwe Mganga presenting the phone to Kelvin Batwel

The young inventor received a KXD W55S mobile phone and will for the next 12 months receive a monthly data allocation from TNM.

The Standard 7 pupil from Nkhukwa Primary School in Traditional Authority Kalumbu in Lilongwe District came into limelight recently when he was decorated as overall winner of an agricultural science technology competition.

The competition known as AgTech Challenge was organized by the Centre for Agricultural Transformation (CAT). It is competed for by students from primary, secondary and tertiary institutions who make entries on innovations that address challenges faced by Malawian groundnut farmers.

TNM Chief Marketing Officer, Vishwajeet Deshmukh, said the gesture is in line with their drive to nurture innovation at various levels.

“As a brand that supports innovation, we decided to give the boy tools that will harness his innovative drive. We are helping him learn more about his area of interest from resources on the internet.  Through exposure to the digital world, Kelvin shall expand his knowledge and do even greater things. We believe the tools and support we have given him will spur him to do more,” said Deshmukh.

The young innovator from Nkhukwa Primary School in Traditional Authority Kalumba in Lilongwe recalled his first steps back in 2016 while in Standard 5.

“One day I accompanied my father to harvest groundnuts. After getting tired of plucking the nuts,I temporarily sought shelter under a mango tree where my father had parked his bicycle. While there I turned the bike upside down and tried plucking using the spokes while turning around the wheel. It worked so perfectly and that was it,” he recalled.

The success of his discovery under the mango tree helped Kelvin pitch the same idea at school during the CAT technology science competition.

Kelvin says he envisions more innovations to ease farming which he says has been a labor-intensive activity with minimal outcomes.

“I plan to start working on a machine that will cultivate land and remove weeds easily. I know there are tractors but the fact that they are expensive means we need to invent simple and cheap tools for our gardening.”

Kelvin says his innovation was inspired by Malawi’s renowned innovator and author, William Kamkwamba of the ‘Boy who harnessed the wind’ fame.

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APM akundiyamwa shaft 🍆👅

I need to find this kid. Maybe invest in his machine and start mass production once a market is identified

APM akundiyamwa shaft 🍆👅

YESSSSSSSS!!!!!! THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WE SHOULD BE REWARDING!!! NOT STUPID ENTERTAINERS

King
King
1 year ago

We need more of these stories. Kudos to the young inventor!

Bisoni
Bisoni
1 year ago

I am proud of Kelvin, keep it up and wish you more success stories of innovation in future. Thanks too to TNM

Tuntyufe
Tuntyufe
1 year ago

Proud of the young lad

Titianne Donde
Titianne Donde
1 year ago

Super exciting to witness the level of talent in Malawi. Thanks TNM for reaching out to him, the CAT team is glad to be associated with Batwell and looks forward to many more challenges that inspire innovation amongst the youth across Malawi.

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