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Innovative products attract farmers at Agro Tech 2006

Written by: Staff

Chandigarh, Dec 4 (UNI) A unique technology to convert solar energy into AC power, compact cold storage, Rodent Repellent Flooring, soil-less culture and a ratoon manager were some of the innovations that drew farmers by the droves in the Agro Tech 2006, An innovative technology to convert solar energy into three-phase AC power that can run surface as well as submersible pump motors was demonstrated by Kirloskar Brothers Ltd. The Kirloskar solar equipment, pumped water to the amazement of farmers and others thronging around the solar panels, in spite of the overcast skies.

''The solar panels produce variable DC which is converted into three phase AC by an electronic control unit. On this, we can run 230 volt three phase standard submersible and suface AC pumps,'' said Ajay Shirodhkar a Kirloskat representative at the fair organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry.

To overcome the space constraint, Caryaire, a total climate and air management company, had stepped in with its special refrigeration and monoblock machines that make for compact cold storage-be it for floriculture farms, fruits, vegetables, biotech labs and even hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, blood banks and hospitals.

''Our products have been lapped up by the market. In just six months, we have done business of over Rs 80 lakhs in Delhi alone,'' Caryaire Director Pramod Verma said adding that from small walk-in cold storages to flexi panel designs, the refrigerators are state of the art, energy efficient machines.

The company also manufactures systems which increase the shelf life of farm produce by expelling ethyl and sulphur dioxide that produce odour and lead to rotting of fruits and vegetables.

Farmers looking to save their produce from moisture and pests are also thronging the SPL Sidhartha stall for its High Efficiency Floor (HEF).

''The HEF we are showing here is all new, technologically advanced and protects the grains against moisture, rodents, fungus and termites, which is the need of the hour in India where an estimated 110 lakh tonnes of foodgrains are destroyed by rodents annually,'' said Sidharth Gupta, Director of the company.

A Ratoon Manager, a tractor drawn implement that shaves the stubbles evenly and helps trim the roots, was the centre of attraction at the stall of Farm Implements (India) Pvt Ltd, a Chennai-based company.

A stall that became popular even among ''Green'' city-dwellers, was a system that helps people grow fruits and vegetables in a soil less culture, displayed by Mohali-based Diplast Plastics.

According to the company representatives the company offers a complete technical know-how on how to set up the system, suitable for those living in apartments.


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