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Two crops from different seasons at same time

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In an attempt to increase income for farmers, a modified polyhouse design has been proposed by the Biotechnology department of Shoolini University, which can harvest rainwater, stand storms and facilitates growth of two crops of different seasons at the same time.

VAISHNAVI SOOD

In an attempt to increase income for farmers, a modified polyhouse design has been proposed by the Biotechnology department of Shoolini University, which can harvest rainwater, stand storms and facilitates growth of two crops of different seasons at the same time.

The ‘hatchback car design’ inspired structure of the polyhouse would help the air to move out of its way and would provide stability against the winds during storms. This structure can prove to be helpful especially in the hilly regions where wind is the main environment factor for polyhouse destruction.

Presence of adiabatic wall constructed inside the polyhouse, along with the temperature, humidity and ventilation control system would allow the farmers to grow 2 crops of different seasons in the same polyhouse. This would be achieved with an adiabatic wall which would resist the transfer of heat under controlled temperature conditions.

The slightly curvy and slant roof would help to collect maximum rainwater which can be stored and used for irrigation later. Additionally, a water tank will be placed on the top to collect rainwater and when it reaches its maximum capacity, extra water would flow to the other water harvesting tanks. Water flowing through gravity in the irrigation pipes would save the motor costs too.

This design can benefit many farmers who have small land areas and where shortage of water is the main problem that reduces crop production. It has been designed with collection chambers on both sides of the polyhouse which would also prevent soil erosion which often occurs near the two sides as rain water from the roof directly hits the ground. The water from the collection chambers would also be collected in the storage tanks.

Thus, efforts have been made to ensure maximum utilisation of rainwater and minimising wastage. This patent titled ‘an advanced polyhouse structure for water harvesting and to grow two different seasonal crops at one time’ was filed by student Kartik Chauhan and his teacher Mr Rupak Nagraik on September 30 last.

The idea stems from a school time project made by Kartik which he later modified and improved upon during his college years under the guidance of his Professor. “Nothing is perfect, there might be some problems even with the model that we have suggested, so we need to continue modifying as new suggestions and better technologies emerge”, said the young Shoolinian. Kartik is a student of B.Tech. Biotech. and is currently in his final semester. He plans to pursue his M.Tech. from Shoolini University itself and wishes to go abroad for further studies.

He enjoys doing research and working on various ideas whenever he finds time and is highly motivated to pursue a career in the field of Research and Development (R&D). Mr. Nagraik stated that they have already tested the demo model. He also shared that they are planning to set up a new polyhouse in collaboration with the Agriculture department of the university to practically test their suggestions and viability of the proposed design. He hopes to get financial support from the university for setting up the polyhouse.

He joined Shoolini as an Assistant Professor six years back in 2012. He completed his B.Tech. in Bioinformatics and M.Tech. in Biotechnology from Jaypee University of Information Technology, Solan and is now pursuing his Ph.D. from Shoolini University. He recalled his journey and how the university has grown many folds over the years.

He expressed delight over the fact that Shoolini has already surpassed many of the universities in the region which were way ahead of it six years back. He also acknowledged and appreciated support and opportunities provided by the University for their various research projects. It was their first patent and this motivated both of them to keep on innovating further.

Mr. Nagraik has also filed a patent on a biosensor to diagnose leptospirosis disease commonly referred to as Andaman Fever in the country. They are working on various other concepts and some of their ideas are already on their way to being filed as patents soon.