The engineers of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Ropar, seems to have find the solution to stubble burning. A team of engineers at the institution have developed a low-cost stubble management technology.
The technology for which the institution has filed a patent, has been planed to be showcased at an exhibition in New Delhi.
Professor Sarit K Das, Director, IIT Ropar, said the institute has stepped up its efforts to provide this solution to the government as it will help in addressing the pollution in the national capital.
The new technology removes stubble instantly and can be used just after harvesting with a combine. It can be operated with any tractor and cuts and collects stubble. It can be used both for removing rice and wheat stubble, Professor Harpreet Singh, principal investigator of this project was quoted as saying in an Indian Express report.
“..It is very fast and requires only one person to operate. The cost of the system is about Rs 5-6 lakh. It is powered by a tractor and installed between the tractor and trolley. The header part of the straw reaper is used to cut the straw. The revolving reel pushes straws towards the auger. The auger sends the straw to the conveyer chamber, which takes the straw to the trolley for easy transportation. The collected straw is then taken out of the field and can be used to make manure”.
According to the media report, the system also involves the use of Android applications and an Interactive Voice Response System (IVR). Farmers are only required to provide details of their field size and location, and the application will assign the date and time of the service.