Master innovator devises encapsulated seedling growing process to reduce cost & labor in rice planting
By Our Staff Reporter
Guwahati, April 23: Master innovator Uddhab Bharali has come up with a new invention that promises to make rice cultivation cheaper, less labor intensive and cumbersome.
“The traditiol rice cultivation system is very expensive and a labor intensive, cumbersome procedure. Initially, to raise the seedlings itself one has take extra care of the seeds, weeding, uprooting, caring, storing and lots more. Again transplantation is another big problem. The bulk of the activities make it expensive and labor intensive,” he told The Sentinel.
Noting the problems, Bharali has come up with an altertive process of growing seedling in a conventiol nursery process.
“While preparing the nursery pocket, no exterl packet like plastic or other materials are used. Rather we are using only semi-solid soil and cow dung. To prepare the nursery, a very simple devise has been developed. With this device, any ordiry person can produce minimum 1,000 capsules per day at his table in the house itself,” he said.
The process is such that only one seed enters into the capsule to a depth of 1 cm. The size of the capsule is 1 inch in diameter and length is 1.5 inch.
“The cost of the device is only Rs 100 and anyone can make it in a fabrication shop. Since it is in the capsule form, transplantation becomes easy. One can just throw it in the field when it is 7 to 14 days old,” he said.
The nursery capsule procedure can fulfill all intertiolly fixed parameters, Bharali claimed.