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

Joseph B. Hash

Green Robotic Equipment Pvt Ltd (GRoboMac), a Bengaluru-primarily based farm robotics begin-up, plans to pilot its battery-operated cotton buying robotic named Pragati in Tamil Nadu about June-July for harvesting the summertime crop. “We plan to deploy the 4-arm variation robotic as a pilot on a twelve-acre plot in Tamil Nadu,” […]

Green Robotic Equipment Pvt Ltd (GRoboMac), a Bengaluru-primarily based farm robotics begin-up, plans to pilot its battery-operated cotton buying robotic named Pragati in Tamil Nadu about June-July for harvesting the summertime crop.

“We plan to deploy the 4-arm variation robotic as a pilot on a twelve-acre plot in Tamil Nadu,” said Manohar Sambandam, Founding Companion and CEO, Green Robotic Equipment Pvt Ltd.

Cotton is grown in elements of the rice fallows in the Cauvery delta area of Tamil Nadu as a summertime crop, which is typically harvested for the duration of June-July.

GRoboMac is also eyeing the commercialisation of Pragati in the forthcoming kharif harvest period by Oct, Sambandam said.

The robotic works by using 3D eyesight artificial intelligence and has robotic arms custom made developed for the cotton crop. The corporation is nonetheless to finalise the pricing for the equipment that is getting targeted at cotton growers with land holdings of five hectares and earlier mentioned.

The Lithium-ion battery operated robotic can decide about fifty kgs about 10-hour period of time for every working day from plants that are as superior as 5.5 ft.

“It will be feasible for farmers with five hectares and earlier mentioned, who can recover the price tag of the equipment about three seasons,” he said.

Further functions

GRoboMac, which has been functioning on producing the cotton buying equipment considering that 2014-fifteen, is also checking out addition of spraying capacity to the robotic, so that it can be used to have out spraying of pesticides, weedicides and foliar diet, he said.

Spraying pesticides and weedicides and buying the bolls are labour-intensive method in the cotton crop cycle, which the corporation aims to deal with.

Not too long ago, GRoboMac has delivered its first unit of Pragati cotton buying robotic to the Nationwide Agriculture Better Education and learning Job Centre of Innovative Agricultural Science & Technologies (NAHEP CAAST) centre of Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Krishi Vidyapeeth at Parbhani, Maharashtra.

Progress of research

This two-arm cotton buying equipment will be used by NAHEP CAAST for improvement of more functions and research at their centre and for pilot deployment of these equipment in the cotton belt of Maharashtra.

“We are glad to be related with NAHEP, Parbhani in their effort to promote Robotics and Drone-primarily based agriculture mechanisation,” Sambandam said. Also, the corporation is in talks with Karnataka and Telangana for pilots of these equipment.

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