Quite a saving

Two planters for normal and dryland agriculture -one tractor- drawn and the other animal-drawn have been developed by scientists at the Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad. Maintaining precision in terms of depth of placement and uniform spacing within rows, these planters can cover two to four hectares (ha) per day, reducing wastage of seeds by 20 per cent. Costing Rs 7,500, 1these planters are ideal for sowing high-value crops like groundnut and maize. The four-row animaldrawn planter saves up to Rs 600 per ha in terms of human labour, seed and bullock utilisation.