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

Eco-friendly Robot Machinery Pvt Ltd (GRoboMac), a Bengaluru-centered farm robotics start out-up, ideas to pilot its battery-operated cotton picking robot named Pragati in Tamil Nadu all around June-July for harvesting the summer months crop.

“We prepare to deploy the 4-arm model robot as a pilot on a 12-acre plot in Tamil Nadu,” explained Manohar Sambandam, Founding Partner and CEO, Eco-friendly Robot Machinery Pvt Ltd.

Cotton is developed in pieces of the rice fallows in the Cauvery delta location of Tamil Nadu as a summer months crop, which is typically harvested all through June-July.

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

The robot utilizes 3D vision synthetic intelligence and has robotic arms personalized created for the cotton crop. The business is still to finalise the pricing for the equipment that is currently being qualified at cotton growers with land holdings of 5 hectares and previously mentioned.

The Lithium-ion battery operated robot can decide about 50 kgs around ten-hour period of time for each day from vegetation that are as significant as five.five toes.

“It will be practical for farmers with 5 hectares and previously mentioned, who can recover the price of the equipment around a few seasons,” he explained.

Supplemental functions

GRoboMac, which has been operating on establishing the cotton picking equipment due to the fact 2014-15, is also checking out addition of spraying capability to the robot, so that it can be utilised to carry out spraying of pesticides, weedicides and foliar diet, he explained.

Spraying pesticides and weedicides and picking the bolls are labour-intense approach in the cotton crop cycle, which the business aims to address.

Just lately, GRoboMac has delivered its very first unit of Pragati cotton picking robot to the Countrywide Agriculture Larger Education and learning Challenge Centre of Advanced Agricultural Science & Technological know-how (NAHEP CAAST) centre of Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Krishi Vidyapeeth at Parbhani, Maharashtra.

Growth of research

This two-arm cotton picking equipment will be utilised by NAHEP CAAST for advancement of added functions and research at their centre and for pilot deployment of these devices in the cotton belt of Maharashtra.

“We are glad to be involved with NAHEP, Parbhani in their effort and hard work to endorse Robotics and Drone-centered agriculture mechanisation,” Sambandam explained. Also, the business is in talks with Karnataka and Telangana for pilots of these devices.