Punjab to introduce Brazil model of mechanised sowing and harvesting of sugarcane

by Dave

Punjab is all set to go for mechanization of sowing and  harvesting process of sugarcane crop, keeping in view the cost effectiveness of mechanization besides seasonal shortage of labour during peak seasons.
This was indicated by Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who is part of Indian delegation to Brazil that is led by Union Agriculture Minister Mr. Sharad Pawar.  Mr. Badal said that Punjab’s farmers would have to adopt automated technology to keep the cost of agricultural inputs in the lower bracket, besides endeavoring for efficient new technology.

The Deputy Chief Minister along with Ministers from other States today visited the farmers and their fields in rural Brazil in the state of Sao Paulo. The delegation on the second day to their visit to Brazil, had on the spot assessment of the sugar cane production technology.  Badal evinced great interest in the actual display of the fully mechanized sowing techniques where a highly mechanical planter completes the entire process, of furrow opening, placement of seed, application of fungicide and coverage of the seed with earth, in a single pass. He was informed that machine can plant upto 10 acres in a day without involving any manual labour. The Deputy Chief Minister also watched the display of single row mechanical harvester’ this can harvest clean, cut and load the cane into trucks for transportation to the sugar mill. Mr. Badal was told that this machine can harvest upto 25 acres of sugar cane in a day.