Innovative agri machineries thrill farmers

 A wide range of innovative agricultural machineries designed by engineering students and a few technical organisations, that were on display at the Krishi Yantra Mela-II-2012, opened up the new possibilities of inventions which could facilitate the farmers.

The second edition of Krishi Yantra Mela (agriculture machinery fair) jointly organised by     
the Central Arecanut and Cocoa Marketing and Processing Co-operative Ltd (CAMPCO) and Vivekananda Technical Institute at the College grounds on Friday, witnessed over 155 stalls by engineering students, innovators and commercial undertakings actively taking part in the exhibition cum demonstration. Perhaps, it is for the first time in the region, the mechanical departments of various engineering colleges joined their hands with Campco to promote agriculture by creating and displaying innovative agriculture machineries.

Innovative devices

The devices including grass cutting machine, pepper thresher, fertiliser spreader, areca separating machine, arecanut mist sprayer, foot operated sprayer, coconut de-husking machine were the crowd pullers as hundreds of agriculturists surrounded the stalls, eagerly enquiring about the operation of the machineries.

The pepper thresher machinery developed by the students of Moodlakatte Institute of Technology, Kundapur was an unique attempt to help to separate pepper seeds from the straw. The machine that functions with 1 hp motor in single phase electricity, has the capacity to separate 50 to 60 kgs of seeds in an hour. The model has been developed at a cost of Rs 15,000 and the students claim that the device could be upgraded and designed in low cost too.

Remote control based mist spraying machine developed by the students of Sahyadri Institute of Technology showed the better and safest possibilities of spraying fertilisers to areca plants. Speaking to Deccan Herald, Prof Dayanand Shetty who guided the students in the venture, said that the motor controlled sprayer now has the capacity to spray till 100 ft height.

“The machine which has been developed at a cost of Rs 25,000, functions through air compressor. The metal case has the capacity to store 15 litres of fertiliser which could be spread to the areca plants with the help of remote control,” he said, adding that the equipment will be upgraded so as to reach plants of 120 ft height.

Areca drying unit

Different machineries designed and developed by Selco Labs, Ujire, were a big hit at the exhibition. The stall displayed paddy transplanter machine from China, paddy thresher, solar based fencing, paddy de-husker etc. Adding to the old list was the innovative areca drying unit developed by Selco.

Explaining the unit, head of Selco Labs Dr Anand P Narayan said that the unit was a simple model with wooden piece on the base covered with a polycarbon sheet. The heat generated by the sheet would help to dry fallen areca from the plants that most often go waste. This unit will help to dry the areca 10 per cent quicker than the sun drying process, he said.

Of the 155 stalls at the exhibition venue, 94 were commercial stalls, 39 innovative stalls and 22 by engineering students. Organisations including Campco, Adike Patrike, Sujatha too participated in the exhibition displaying the products.

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