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PERFORMANCE STUDY OF A LOW COST MANUALLY OPERATED SEED DRILL FOR SOWING OF JUTE
R.K. NAIK, S.K. JHA, S. SARKAR, A.K. GHORAI

Published in: International Journal of Agriculture Sciences
Volume- 9, Issue-38, pp.4577-4579, Aug 2017
DPI :-> 16.10077.IJAS.2017.V9I38.45774579.1879



Abstract
A low cost manually operated seed drill for jute and other similar small seeds has been developed and evaluated in the laboratory and field condition to study its seed pattern characteristics and economic viability for small and marginal farmers in the jute growing areas of Indo Gangetic Plain. The machine was evaluated with Jute variety JRO-204 (Suren) in ICAR-CRIJAF Farm. From the experiments, it was found that the seed requirement for developed seed drill was 3-4 kg/ha against 6-7 kg/ha in broadcast sowing. The effective field capacity at mean speed of 1.6-2.0 km/h was 0.17 ha/h i.e., 6 man-hours per hectare with field efficiency of 89.5 per cent. The draft requirement for its operation was 75.6 N which is within the capacity of an average man/woman. The sowing of jute with seed drill followed by mechanical weed control using jute weeder/nail weeder showed reduction in manual labour (about 87) requirement for weeding and thinning as compared to about 135 man-days/ha required in broadcast field and there was net saving of Rs. 15000-17000/- per hectare with increase in fibre yield of 20-22 per cent.

Key-Words / Index Term
Jute, Fibre, Seed drill

How to cite this article
R.K. NAIK, S.K. JHA, S. SARKAR, A.K. GHORAI , “PERFORMANCE STUDY OF A LOW COST MANUALLY OPERATED SEED DRILL FOR SOWING OF JUTE”, International Journal of Agriculture Sciences, 9, Issue-38, pp.4577-4579, Aug 2017. DPI:16.10077.IJAS.V9.I38.1879