Solar sprayer a boon to farmers

Solar sprayer a boon to farmers
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Solar Sprayer A Boon To Farmers . ‘solar sprayer’ that can be automatically powered by solar energy. The ‘solar sprayer’ containing 16 litres of pesticide can be carried on one’s back and pesticide can be sprayed on a crop of one acre in an hour. The sprayer can spray continuously for 8 hours by using solar power directly and inbuilt batteries.

It can be used for eight hours at a stretch

  • It is developed by a young innovator
  • NABARD helps him set up manufacturing unit
  • Several prestigious awards have come his way
  • He has also developed solar harvesting machine
  • Two acres of paddy can be harvested in a day

Hyderabad: Necessity is the mother of invention - it is said and rightly so!

Bommagani Mallesh, 26, of Ajjampeta village in Nalgonda district with just a secondary school certificate did what many MNCs with their research and development facilities couldn’t.

He developed a ‘solar sprayer’ that can be automatically powered by solar energy. The ‘solar sprayer’ containing 16 litres of pesticide can be carried on one’s back and pesticide can be sprayed on a crop of one acre in an hour. The sprayer can spray continuously for 8 hours by using solar power directly and inbuilt batteries.

Mahesh hardly has any qualifications and technical know-how, yet he succeeded in his pursuit.

This ‘solar sprayer’ of Mallesh has come as a boon to farming community who have to depend on labourers for many manual works including seed sowing, transplantation, weed removal and spraying of pesticides.

And with Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) being implemented across the State, labourers are hardly available for farming activity. Mallesh, being a farmer himself, was moved by the plight of the farmers.

He started working on various methods to overcome this problem and finally developed the solar sprayer. Recognising his work, National Innovation Foundation (NIF) has registered his innovation and the tool he devised. Mallesh also received President’s Award for his ‘solar sprayer’. He also received ‘Rythu Nestham’ award for his contribution to farmers’ welfare.

National Agriculture Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has helped Mallesh to set up a ‘solar sprayer’ manufacturing unit at Uppal in Hyderabad with an investment of Rs 8 lakh. Four unemployed youth have been given jobs at the unit. So far, the young innovator has manufactured and supplied 2,000 solar sprayers to the farming community in and around his Nalgonda district.

Mallesh has also developed a proto-type miniscule solar-powered paddy harvesting machine which is ready for manufacturing. The machine can harvest two acres of paddy in single day. Around 10 labourers are needed to harvest one acre of paddy. The solar-powered paddy harvester saves time, fuel, labour cost and is viewed as a viable alternative to manual harvesting operations.

While Mallesh’ solar-powered harvester would cost just Rs 8,000, the paddy harvesting machine available in the market is massive in size and costs Rs 20 lakh.

Mallesh is one of the many innovators who have put up stalls at the NIRD Rural Technology Park Mela in order to promote his innovative farm machinery.

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