Advanced design of permanent raised bed machinery in Pakistan

Hussain, Zahid and Irfan, Muhammad and Akbar, Ghani (2011) Advanced design of permanent raised bed machinery in Pakistan. In: WCCA 2011: Resilient Food Systems for a Changing World, 26-29 Sep 2011, Brisbane, Australia.

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Tractor mounted Permanent Raised Bed (PRB) machinery was introduced in Pakistan in 1998 by an Australian government funded project. The PRB machinery shows very good results it has two parts namely a bed shaper and a no-till seeder. This machine is a good example of effective mechanization because it saves water, time and labour, improves grain yield and achieves a uniform distribution of seed and fertilizer. After 13 years of promotion, farmers are now familiar with raised bed technology, and are using different types of raised bed machinery while some farmers are using PRB machinery, especially in Khyber Pakhtonkhwah (KPK) and some part of Punjab. The PRB technology has proved its success but in Pakistan, our tractor horse power (46-55 hp) and the small farm size are obstacles to broad use of such machines suffering from high weight and cost. Therefore, we developed an advanced PRB machinery design which is low cost and light weight as well as versatile in its use.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2012 04:52
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 01:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: agricultural mechanization; PRB machinery; seeder performance; Pakistan
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070108 Sustainable Agricultural Development
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099901 Agricultural Engineering
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070101 Agricultural Land Management
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960904 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Land Management

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