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

Environmentally friendly Robot Machinery Pvt Ltd (GRoboMac), a Bengaluru-based mostly farm robotics begin-up, plans to

Environmentally friendly Robot Machinery Pvt Ltd (GRoboMac), a Bengaluru-based mostly farm robotics begin-up, plans to pilot its battery-operated cotton buying robotic named Pragati in Tamil Nadu close to June-July for harvesting the summer time crop.

“We system to deploy the 4-arm version robotic as a pilot on a twelve-acre plot in Tamil Nadu,” explained Manohar Sambandam, Founding Partner and CEO, Environmentally friendly Robot Machinery Pvt Ltd.

Cotton is grown in elements of the rice fallows in the Cauvery delta location of Tamil Nadu as a summer time crop, which is commonly harvested in the course of June-July.

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

The robotic employs 3D vision synthetic intelligence and has robotic arms tailor made developed for the cotton crop. The firm is still to finalise the pricing for the machine that is staying qualified at cotton growers with land holdings of 5 hectares and earlier mentioned.

The Lithium-ion battery operated robotic can select about fifty kgs about 10-hour interval for every day from vegetation that are as high as five.five ft.

“It will be viable for farmers with 5 hectares and earlier mentioned, who can recover the price of the machine about 3 seasons,” he explained.

Further attributes

GRoboMac, which has been doing work on developing the cotton buying machine considering that 2014-fifteen, is also checking out addition of spraying capacity to the robotic, so that it can be used to carry out spraying of pesticides, weedicides and foliar nourishment, he explained.

Spraying pesticides and weedicides and buying the bolls are labour-intensive method in the cotton crop cycle, which the firm aims to handle.

Just lately, GRoboMac has sent its to start with device of Pragati cotton buying robotic to the Nationwide Agriculture Larger Education and learning Challenge Centre of Highly developed Agricultural Science & Know-how (NAHEP CAAST) centre of Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Krishi Vidyapeeth at Parbhani, Maharashtra.

Growth of research

This two-arm cotton buying machine will be used by NAHEP CAAST for improvement of more attributes and research at their centre and for pilot deployment of these machines in the cotton belt of Maharashtra.

“We are happy to be related with NAHEP, Parbhani in their effort to promote Robotics and Drone-based mostly agriculture mechanisation,” Sambandam explained. Also, the firm is in talks with Karnataka and Telangana for pilots of these machines.