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Title: AgriRobot: implementation and evaluation of an automatic robot for seeding and fertiliser microdosing in precision agriculture

Authors: Ratnmala Nivrutti Bhimanpallewar; Manda Rama Narasingarao

Addresses: Koneru Lakshmaiah Education Foundation, Green Fields Vaddeswaram, 522502, Guntur District, A.P. India ' Koneru Lakshmaiah Education Foundation, Green Fields Vaddeswaram, 522502, Guntur District, A.P. India

Abstract: In recent years, agriculture solutions using robotics and the internet of things (IoT) technology provided advanced agricultural support for farmers to produce food products with the highest yields. However, a lack of effective and efficient agricultural device has resulted in the wide adoption of this IoT technique recently. This study presents an automatic seeding and fertiliser micro-dosing robot for farmers to achieve precision farming. The automatic robotic device for seed planting and micro-dosing of fertiliser is adapted to plant various types of seed and particularly well adapted to the plant seeds with micro-dosing fertiliser. The new option controls the number of seeds and quantifies the fertiliser quantity at each dropping point. It is also able to control the distance between each dropping point. This study has implemented the proof-of-concept prototype by the IoT system to demonstrate the feasibility of the agricultural outcomes. The experiments performed in the real-world environment which showed the effectiveness and efficiency of the device under different conditions.

Keywords: agriculture machinery; fertiliser micro dosing; precision agriculture; robotic; seeding.

DOI: 10.1504/IJARGE.2020.107064

International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology, 2020 Vol.16 No.1, pp.33 - 50

Accepted: 14 Sep 2019
Published online: 29 Apr 2020 *

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