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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 8, Issue:4, April, 2019

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
Online ISSN : 2319-7706
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Editor-in-chief: Dr.M.Prakash
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2019.8(4): 2266-2272

Performance Evaluation of a Power Operated Wetland Weeders for Paddy
N.K. Sathish Kumar* and A.P. Mohankumar
Department of Farm Machinery and Power Engineering, Agricultural Engineering College and Research Institute (TNAU), Trichy, India, 621712
*Corresponding author

Generally farmers prefer manual weeding due to the lack of awareness about the mechanical weeder. But manual weeding is a most laborious and time consuming process. Nowadays mechanical weeders are being promoted to reduce drudgery, time of operation and to overcome the lack of labours problem. The study has been conducted on sandy loam and clay loam soils to evaluate the performance of two mechanical power weeders i.e., Garuda power weeder and Japanese power weeder. From the results, Garuda weeder has the highest weeding efficiency of 68.62 and 76.92 % and lowest plant damage of 24 and 13.33 % for sandy loam and clay loam soils. Japanese weeder has highest and lowest field capacities of 0.173 ha hr-1 for sandy loam soil and 0.067 hahr-1 for clay loam soil. The performance index indicates that Garuda weeder and Japanese weeder is suitable for sandy loam and clay loam soils respectively.

Keywords: Plant damage efficiency, Performance index, Weeding efficiency, Effective field capacity, Fuel consumption

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Sathish Kumar, N.K. and Mohankumar, A.P. 2019. Performance Evaluation of a Power Operated Wetland Weeders for Paddy.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 8(4): 2266-2272. doi:
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