ICAR-Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Bhopal has developed tractor operated drum kind pneumatic planter appropriate for exact planting of seeds of crops like cotton, maize, groundnut, gram, tur, soybean, rice and different small seeds.
The planter is a low value, 9 row unit and might be expanded to 18 rows relying on the gap requirement. Single/a number of seeds might be sown at one place by having single/a number of holes at one place on the periphery of the drum. This sensible seed planter is offered with package during which one has to enter the row to row distance and no matter the ahead movement of the tractor the planter will alter the drum velocity to match the row spacing. As well as, it supplies info on the realm of protection and price of operation based mostly on machine working hours and non-working durations. Additionally it is obtainable with out sensible package during which the seed spacing might be modified by altering the velocity ratio. It could possibly save precision seeds in comparison with different mechanical planters. The price of equipment is a few third of the price of different commercially obtainable pneumatic planters available in the market.
An utility has been filed for a patent for the Pneumatic Metering Mechanism of the planter and the equipment has been issued and licensed for business manufacture by the Institute.
The expertise was launched for commercialization by the licensed producer M/s Dharti Agro Engineering, Rajkot, Gujarat at Agri World Expo 2022 held at Rajkot, Gujarat throughout 16-18 September, 2022.
Round 200 producers and 20000 farmers witnessed the demonstration of the machine on the stall of Dharti Agro Engineering within the expo.
(Supply: ICAR-Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Bhopal)