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Cotton seed blower machine to help small farmers
24
Nov '11
A new, small and handy machine called Cotton Seed Blower (CSB) has been developed by the Nagpur-based Central Institute for Cotton Research (CICR), which would help small farmers to separate healthy and good quality seeds from other non-viable seeds before sowing.

CSB would be especially helpful to small and medium farmers who grow straight or non-hybrid varieties of cotton. These cotton growers can now hope for much better quality of seeds that have high chance of germination.

Thus, cotton cultivators would no more be required to follow the conventional practice of sowing many seeds at one place. Since the machine separates hollow and fuzzy seeds from good quality seeds, farmers can sow only the good quality seeds and reduce the wastage of seeds.

The machine operates on electricity and has a capacity to clean 250 gm of seeds per minute. It is equipped with an air blower that separates the good quality seeds, which are retained on the main sieve above the blower. Hollow seeds are blown up and stored at higher levels in small cup-like structures.

Although the present CSB is made for a small-scale process, it can be upgraded for use by seed companies to improve their quality.

CSB is also likely to help those engaged in seed research.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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