The Making of a Creative Entrepreneur

Al Amin becomes a millionaire by inventing agricultural machinery

17 January 2022, 12:00

Last modification: January 17, 2022, 12:08 p.m.

Md Al-Amin Malitha, an inventor of agricultural machinery, works in his workshop in Pabna. Al-Amin invents his machines by drawing inspiration from designs available on the internet. Photo: TBS

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Md Al-Amin Malitha, an inventor of agricultural machinery, works in his workshop in Pabna. Al-Amin invents his machines by drawing inspiration from designs available on the internet. Photo: TBS

A range of agricultural machinery produced by a creative entrepreneur from Pabna is making a significant contribution to the overall agricultural development of different districts in the north and south-west of the country.

The success story of Md Al-Amin Malitha, who in recent years has produced a set of machines to single-handedly grind rice, wheat, mustard and pulses, is not only fascinating but also exemplary for new entrepreneurs coming from the graduate engineer sector.

In 2007, Al-Amin’s father, Abul Kalam Malitha, set up a workshop with a 1,20,000 Tk welding machine at Mental Road in Chhatiani district of Pabna city, taking a loan of 1 lakh Tk with an NGO. In his workshop, he was repairing various damaged machines from different factories in the industrial city of Pabna of the Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (Bscic).

Malitha had no employees in her workshop. Al-Amin, who graduated as an engineer from Pabna Polytechnic Institute (Professional), used to help his father repair machines while he was still a student.

After finishing school, Al-Amin started working in the workshop as a mechanic, and after his father’s death in 2011, he took over the business.

Thanks to his education and perseverance, the business continued to thrive. At one time, one welding machine was not enough and he bought another one by spending Tk 2.5 lakh in 2013. Meanwhile, Al-Amin started repairing various types of vehicles powered by shallow engines .

Md Al-Amin Malitha, an inventor of agricultural machinery, works in his workshop in Pabna. Al-Amin invents his machines by drawing inspiration from designs available on the internet. Photo: TBS

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Md Al-Amin Malitha, an inventor of agricultural machinery, works in his workshop in Pabna. Al-Amin invents his machines by drawing inspiration from designs available on the internet. Photo: TBS

Md Al-Amin Malitha, an inventor of agricultural machinery, works in his workshop in Pabna. Al-Amin invents his machines by drawing inspiration from designs available on the internet. Photo: TBS

In 2014, another welding machine was added to the workshop, which at the time had seven employees. In the same year, Al-Amin rented land in the industrial city of Bscic for the workshop. He moved his studio in 2017, having built a permanent building there. The total cost of constructing the building and purchasing another state-of-the-art welding machine was Tk 1.5 crore.

The self-taught inventor

Through the Internet, Al-Amin used to get ideas about agricultural machinery from different countries, including China. Spending hours and hours, he learned in detail how to make and use these machines.

Finally, in 2018, he managed to make a mustard oil mill himself in his workshop.

Inspired by his early venture into machine production, Al-Amin then built a rice thresher that received tremendous acclaim from buyers. Employees from his workshop started selling the electric and diesel appliances by going to the farmers’ doorsteps. At first, the machine was priced at Tk 1.5 lakh. Now it is being sold for Tk2 lakh.

Besides the nine Pabna upazilas, Al-Amin started receiving purchase orders from different districts in the north and south-west of the country.

Md Al-Amin Malitha, an inventor of agricultural machinery, works in his workshop in Pabna. Al-Amin invents his machines by drawing inspiration from designs available on the internet. Photo: TBS

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Md Al-Amin Malitha, an inventor of agricultural machinery, works in his workshop in Pabna. Al-Amin invents his machines by drawing inspiration from designs available on the internet. Photo: TBS

Md Al-Amin Malitha, an inventor of agricultural machinery, works in his workshop in Pabna. Al-Amin invents his machines by drawing inspiration from designs available on the internet. Photo: TBS

Al-Amin and his team also built machines to grind wheat and grind wet rice to make cakes. The prices of these machines are not very high, they range from 70,000 Tk to 80,000 Tk.

Al Amin’s creative endeavors have also resulted in the production of pulse crusher machines and straw cutting machines for cow feed. The prices of these machines are Tk1.5 lakh.

Md Al-Amin Malitha said, “I have come so far working day and night with my own hands at the beginning of the organization. are more.”

“I don’t need to work with my own hands now because there are currently 22 employees in my workshop. I haven’t had to take out a new loan from the bank. I hope to buy a large piece of land soon and build everything myself,” he added.

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