Students develop low cost paddy harvester


Itagar, Feb 22: The fil year automobile engineering students of Rajiv Gandhi Government Polytechnic here, have developed low cost-low weight, environment friendly Manually Operated Solar Paddy Harvester (MOSPH) suitable for small farmers under the guidance of in charge head of department D Devarasiddappa.

Unlike conventiol paddy harvesters that require fossil fuel, MOSPH utilizes abundantly available solar energy to produce the required electrical energy to operate the paddy harvester.

“The entire power source is compactly packed and placed inside a bag. The harvester can be operated easily with power source unit carried on shoulder. The added advantage of the system is that it can also be used for domestic lighting when not being used for harvesting. The overall cost of the developed model is approximately Rs. 14000,” Devarasiddappa informed in a communiqué here today. The model would be displayed at tiol Innovation Talent Contest for Polytechnics (NITCP) at NITTTR, Kolkata which is being sponsored by Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, Mumbai. A team of four students would participate in the event, the communiqué added.