Karnataka

It dehusks 2,500 coconuts in an hour

The machine, displayed at one of the stalls in the International Krishi Mela organised by the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore. Photo: Bhagya Prakash. K  

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Coconut growers were excited to see a machine that dehusks 1,500 to 2,500 coconuts per hour at the International Krishi Mela, being organised by the University of Agricultural Sciences-Bangalore. The machine, manufactured by a Coimbatore-based company, has a motor with a capacity ranging from 1 HP to 5 HP depending upon the required deshusking speed. The advantage is that the machine is compact and can he used in narrow spaces also.

The cost varies from Rs. 2 lakh to Rs. 3.5 lakh.

This Gujarat bullock cart model has four wheels and moves fast, besides being easy to manoeuvre. This low-floor metal cart also has breaks and the facility to tilt with the help of a rope-linked pulley.

Coming at a cost of about Rs. 60,000, it has four doors for easy loading and unloading.

When you think of an excavator, you think big. But a Shimoga-based industry has showcased a ‘mini-excavator’ that can pass through narrow lanes within a farm without affecting the plantation or crops.

The minimum passage needed for manoeuvrability is just 5 ft.

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