‘Singh machine’ can curb pollution
IF there is one thing you can happily rely on, it is the Punjabis’ never-saydie spirit of jugaad. And there you have it; a 47-year-old jat farmer, Jaswinder Singh, teamed up with Santokh Singh, a local farm mechanic in Punjab’s Jaito town to build a tractor-driven machine that could be the solution to burning paddy stubble.
Singh and Singh have put together a working contraption that can chop up the stubble, bury it four to five inches inside the soil, and sow the wheat seed too, all in one go. It is a cross between the commercially-available rotavator and the ‘happy seeder’, says Singh, who has never set fire to a single stalk of leftover paddy straw for nine years running.
The ‘Singh Machine’ can comfortably clear, plough, and sow an acre of farmland in an hour. The entire process consumes just ten litres of diesel to drive a 50 horsepower tractor. The plus side is, there’s not a wisp of smoke out of the whole operation.