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Two asst profs develop paddy threshing machine

Two asst profs develop paddy threshing machine
Samadangla Ao and Bendangwapang demonstrating the machine.
MOKOKCHUNG, SEP 1 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/1/2018 12:51:59 PM IST

Two assistant professors of Kohima Science College, Jotsoma unveiled an indigenous portable paddy threshing machine at Mopungchuket village, Saturday. 

Samadangla Ao, department of Botany and Bendangwapang, department of Mathematics, designed and developed the manual threshing machine to reduce physical stress and time spent during threshing process. Called the ‘Agro Compatible Technology Rice Thresher or ACT Rice Thresher’, the machine is made of locally available materials. 

It is specially targeted to serve rural farms where there is no electricity connectivity and does not require fuel to operate. The machine can be dismantled into separate parts and easy to assemble for ease of transport. “It is introduced to the farmers with hope that it will cut their labor costs for threshing and save some time to engage in other post-harvest or household activities,” Samadangla and Bendangwapang said. 

“Through this introduction we wish to encourage the local entrepreneurs to recognize the current need for mechanization of agriculture in Nagaland by developing compatible technology for efficient and improve food production,” they added.

It may be mentioned that the project was funded by Bendangkokba IAS, commissioner & secretary, Works and Housing, along with contributions by local entrepreneurs Chubanungsang Imsong, M/s C. Steel Fabrication, Kohima (metal works), M/s Sagar House, Kohima, M/s Bearing House, Dimapur and Artain Enterprise Pvt.  Ltd., Dimapur, for which Samadangla and Bendangwapang expressed their appreciation.

Mopungchuket village council chairman Aosadang thanked Samadangla and Bendangwapang for their work and also conveyed appreciation to the sponsors. 

Meanwhile, the two assistant professors said that their project was not for profit or commercial venture and hoped that farmers and local entrepreneurs would observe their threshing machine and replicate them. 

They also informed that interested people could watch their demonstration on YouTube by searching “ACT Rice Thresher Mopungchuket.”

(Correspondent)

 

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