21/04/2021

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Start-up GRoboMac to pilot robot cotton-picking in TN this summer

Inexperienced Robotic Machinery Pvt Ltd (GRoboMac), a Bengaluru-primarily based farm robotics begin-up, programs to pilot its battery-operated cotton finding robotic named Pragati in Tamil Nadu all over June-July for harvesting the summer months crop.

“We program to deploy the 4-arm variation robotic as a pilot on a 12-acre plot in Tamil Nadu,” claimed Manohar Sambandam, Founding Partner and CEO, Inexperienced Robotic Machinery Pvt Ltd.

Cotton is grown in sections of the rice fallows in the Cauvery delta location of Tamil Nadu as a summer months crop, which is generally harvested during June-July.

GRoboMac is also eyeing the commercialisation of Pragati in the forthcoming kharif harvest season by October, Sambandam claimed.

The robotic takes advantage of 3D eyesight artificial intelligence and has robotic arms custom made created for the cotton crop. The business is yet to finalise the pricing for the equipment that is getting qualified at cotton growers with land holdings of 5 hectares and above.

The Lithium-ion battery operated robotic can decide on about fifty kgs around ten-hour interval per day from plants that are as significant as 5.5 ft.

“It will be practical for farmers with 5 hectares and above, who can get well the price tag of the equipment around 3 seasons,” he claimed.

Additional functions

GRoboMac, which has been doing the job on building the cotton finding equipment given that 2014-15, is also discovering addition of spraying capability to the robotic, so that it can be made use of to have out spraying of pesticides, weedicides and foliar nutrition, he claimed.

Spraying pesticides and weedicides and finding the bolls are labour-intensive system in the cotton crop cycle, which the business aims to tackle.

Not too long ago, GRoboMac has shipped its initially unit of Pragati cotton finding robotic to the National Agriculture Greater Schooling Task Centre of Innovative Agricultural Science & Technological know-how (NAHEP CAAST) centre of Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Krishi Vidyapeeth at Parbhani, Maharashtra.

Advancement of analysis

This two-arm cotton finding equipment will be made use of by NAHEP CAAST for growth of extra functions and analysis at their centre and for pilot deployment of these equipment in the cotton belt of Maharashtra.

“We are happy to be connected with NAHEP, Parbhani in their energy to promote Robotics and Drone-primarily based agriculture mechanisation,” Sambandam claimed. Also, the business is in talks with Karnataka and Telangana for pilots of these equipment.