Animal Drawn Garlic (Allium sativum) Planter suitable for Animal Based Farming System


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Authors

  • Manish Kumar
  • M. Din
  • Rama Kant Tiwari

Keywords:

Small and marginal farmers, garlic cloves, planter, seed spacing, miss index, multiple index, quality of feed index, precision index and field capacity.

Abstract

Manual sowing of garlic which is the traditional practice requires 200 man-h/ha, resulting in dense stand of crop necessitating thinning operation. In this study, three types of metering mechanisms (i) commercially available cell type metering mechanism (ii) commercially available spoon type metering mechanism and (iii) cup type metering mechanism were
evaluated for sowing garlic cloves. All metering mechanisms were tested under laboratory as well as field conditions. The cup type metering mechanism performed better in comparison to others. Different parameters such as seed spacing, miss index, multiple index, quality of feed
index and precision index for cup type metering mechanism were found to be 102 mm, 8.73 %, 6.48%, 84.8% and 21.78%, respectively under laboratory conditions and 108.70 mm, 10.23%, 7.45%, 82.32%, and 22.04%, respectively under field conditions. Seed damage varied ranged
2–4%. The planter field capacity and labour requirement were found 0.07 ha/h and 13 manh/ ha, respectively. Total operational cost of sowing using the planter was Rs1042 per hectare. The garlic planter saved more than 90% time as compared to manual operation and the farmer can avail this time in managing other activities.

Author Biographies

  • Manish Kumar
    ICAR- Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Nabibagh, Berasia Road, Bhopal-462038
  • M. Din
    ICAR- Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Nabibagh, Berasia Road, Bhopal-462038
  • Rama Kant Tiwari
    ICAR- Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Nabibagh, Berasia Road, Bhopal-462038

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2019-10-24

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2019-10-24

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Animal Drawn Garlic (Allium sativum) Planter suitable for Animal Based Farming System. (2019). Indian Journal of Hill Farming, 32(1). https://epubs.icar.org.in/index.php/IJHF/article/view/94794