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The Hindu | | Rajulapudi Srinivas | Tamil Nadu |

Students demonstrating weed removal tool in paddy fields in Prakasam district

Students demonstrating weed removal tool in paddy fields in Prakasam district

Here is a piece of good news for paddy farmers who are spending huge sums on removing weed from their fields. Young engineers of Prakasam Engineering College, Kandukur, designed a ‘weed removal tool’.  The tool costs Rs. 500 and can be operated by one person.  “Presently no tools are being used to remove weed (called as Kalupu in local language). This is the first time that we prepared the tool for removing weed,” said Pravallika and Swathi of Mechanical branch who designed the tool. Guide and faculty of the college professor M. Lakshman Rao said normally farmers and agricultural labourers remove the weed with hands and submerse them in mud to make it decompose. “Standing and bending to remove weed will strain and cause hip and joint pains. About 10 persons are required to remove weed from one acre crop,” said a student Ravi Teja.

Weed remover will reduce time and lessen investment, and farmers can save about Rs. 3,000 per acre by using it. Even small farmers can use the tool, said another student Prasanthi. Explaining the operation of the tool, Ms. Prasanthi said the farmer can operate the tool by pressing it and push the weed into the mud. The wild plants will get buried and will decompose, eventually serving as a fertilizer, she said.  “Many farmers are showing interest to use this low cost tool. I thank the college management and the guide for assisting us in designing this weed remover,” said Mr. Ravi Teja. – Courtesy

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