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Innovation in Tools to Increase Crop Yield: Let?s Know More!

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India?s agricultural crisis has taken up a significant amount of the yield our once agrarian country used to produce. This has been caused due to a variety of natural causes such as natural disasters and a reduction seen in rainfall levels along with the fall in groundwater levels along with that of human hand such as leveling of cultivable land in order to create housing and other establishments in order to cater to the needs of the growing population of the country. Many farmers, due to a lack of yield and business, have even committed suicide. Hence, it is important for the government to look into methods and tools that may aid the production of modified or hybrid crops to increase yield.

One such contraption captures pollen from one species of rice and using a pipeline system is made to fertilize with the egg of another species of rice. This contraption additionally can spray seeds at a uniform distance and frequency. This not only reduces the manual labor taken up by farmers, but also ensures that each crop is at an appropriate distance from each other. If crops grow too close, they may sometimes hamper each other?s ability to properly absorb nutrients from its surrounding soil and if crops grow too far, it is an unnecessary waste of space for the farmer that he could have used to increase his yield.

This contraption has both a scientific purpose and a practical benefit. With the technology it presents, two species of rice with their own individual benefits may be crossed to yield a product that possesses both benefits. It can also create species without the vulnerability of its parent species. It is also worth mentioning that since this form of crossing is a completely organic process with no use of chemical making it a safe procedure to partake in for the farmer and gives safe products that are safe for consumption as well. Not only this, but such crosses also have the ability to reduce need for fertilizers by producing superior species of crops, allowing for a safer work environment for the farmer, safer produce for the consumers and a safer housing environment for their neighbors. Through its ability to sow seeds at an appropriate distance from each other, it increases the efficiency with which the farmers function and gives them the opportunity to save costs by efficiently using their resources.

Research Links:

Zhuanzhuan Yan, Researchers at College of Pastoral Agriculture Science and Technology, Lanzhou University

College of Pastoral Agriculture Science and Technology, Lanzhou University


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