Mangaluru ‘farm boy’ earns PM Modi pat for seed sower | Mangaluru News – Times of India


MANGALURU: There was joy and pleasant surprise on both sides as 16-year-old Rakeshkrishna interacted with PM Modi on Monday alongwith 31 other PM Rashtriya Bal Puraskar awardees. As the I PU student explained the working of his ‘Seedographer’, a multipurpose sowing machine, the PM thanked his parents for keeping their son connected to farming. “Modern agriculture is the need, and I am happy that at this age you are understanding the problems,” Modi told the boy, in a high-five moment.
Rakeshkrishna K, a PCME student at Expert Pre-University College in Valachil, said he comes from an agricultural family and is more than familiar with the problems farmers face. “I want to contribute to the welfare of farmers through science and innovation,” he said. “It has been a wonderful experience to interact with the PM. Unfortunately, due to Covid, it was conducted virtually. I hope to meet the PM soon.”
The concept of the ‘Seedographer’ was born when he was in Class 6. Run manually through fields, the machine — made of iron sheets and weighing 18-20kg — creates a path while seeds drop from a funnel into the soil at an adequate distance. “Water is also supplied, due to which moisture increases the germination success rate. A small amount of fertiliser can also be added. There is a plate at the end, that covers the soil with mud after sowing. One can sow any seed — be it ragi or chana,” he said. “I have tested this multiple times in my field. If a single person takes 100-120 hours on average to sow the seeds on a 2.5-acre land, by using this machine, it can be done in less than 15 hours. If the lanes are increased, sowing can be completed in a day. It saves time, money and resources,” he said.
“I aim to develop various systems for unified farming. The multi-purpose machine can be used for dry sowing and was appreciated by farmers from Rajasthan and UP during an innovation festival held at Rashtrapati Bhavan in 2017. The cost of the machine will be Rs 4000-8,000,” he said.
After the interaction with the PM, deputy commissioner Dr KV Rajendra felicitated the teenager. Chief minister BS Yediyurappa tweeted his appreciation. Rakeshkrishna’s father, Ravishankar K, is an engineer turned agriculturist. His mother. Durgarathna C, heads the Hindi department at Vivekananda College, Puttur.
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