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Solar Powered Cost Effective Paddy Harvester and Collecting Machine

Lakshmi M. Nair, Adhithya Krishna R.S., Parvathy Balachandran, Fathima R.S., Fathima Farook

Abstract


Paddy is a staple food of Indians. Harvesting is the process in which the matured paddy is being cut. Paddy harvesting is one of the most important processes in the practices of paddy field. Traditional process of harvesting is cutting of paddy crops with the help of a sickle. A group of labourers cut the paddy crops in the paddy field. There is a considerable grain loss and damage to the crop while harvesting with sickle, which is a manual harvesting process. Nowadays, the paddy harvesting machines are available in the market, which work on petrol or diesel engine. Fuel based harvesting cost represents a significant portion of total paddy production cost. Harvesting cost per acre land is influenced by many factors including harvesting performance rate per acre, input costs like running and labour cost, pesticide cost and weed cutting cost. Hence, there is an urgent need for a harvester machine using renewable energy resource. Solar energy is an abundant and renewable energy resource. One solar cell can equalize 1.5 W of electrical energy, which is fed immediately. Solar energy plays an important role in drying agricultural products and irrigation purpose such as pumping the water in remote villages having no electricity. This technology of solar energy can be extended for cutting agricultural plants such as sugarcane, mulberry plants and paddy. The proposed system will provide a facility to farmers in harvesting the paddy crop as well as collecting the crop by using solar energy.

Keywords: Collecting machines, paddy harvesting, renewable energy resource, solar panel, technology

Cite this Article: Lakshmi M. Nair, Adhithya Krishna R.S., Parvathy Balachandran, Fathima R.S., Fathima Farook. Solar Powered Cost Effective Paddy Harvester and Collecting Machine. Journal of Operating Systems Development & Trends. 2020; 7(1): 7–13p.


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