‘Singh ma­chine’ can curb pol­lu­tion

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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.

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