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 consists of a machine vision-based bud cutting machine and a tractor operated bud planting machine, fitted with an autonomous fungicide application.
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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