Researchers at IIT Kharagpur have developed devices for automating a range of functions for planting sugarcane buds, fitted with an autonomous fungicide application with the aim to reduce labour hours and raw material wastage. The sugarcane planting system, developed by the research team at the Dept. of Agricultural and Food Engineering, consists of a machine vision-based bud cutting machine and a tractor operated bud planting machine. The mechanism would allow reusing 80% of the internodes generated during the process for sugar production and other mainstream purposes. Through this automation technology, seeding material for a hectare of land can be generated in 10-15 hours which otherwise takes about 60-90 hours when relying on conventional (manual) methods.
Further details: https://kgpchronicle.iitkgp.ac.in/iit-kharagpur-researchers-develop-automation-devices-for-profitable-sugarcane-plantation/
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