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Performance of the Versatile Multi-crop Planter (2010-2017)

Haque, M.E. and Bell, R.W.ORCID: 0000-0002-7756-3755 (2017) Performance of the Versatile Multi-crop Planter (2010-2017). In: Haque ME, Bell RW, Vance WH (eds) Proceedings of the 2nd Conference on Conservation Agriculture for Smallholders (CASH-II), 14 - 16 February, Mymensingh, Bangladesh pp. 57-59.

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In South Asia where cropping intensity is high, small farms may grow three or more crops in a year and over a 5-year cycle due to changing profitability of crops cultivate 4-6 crops with diverse seed sizes, seed rate, row spacing, fertiliser rates, seeding depth etc. Hence a planter for such diverse cropping systems needs to have multi-functional capabilities. Service providers also need to be able to hire out their planter for business all-year-round to justify the investment cost. There are a number of other criteria and challenges that would need to be satisfied by potential purchasers of a planter including low purchase price; sufficient earning capacity; flexible set up in the field with capability to be modified quickly for different seed rate, fertiliser rate, row spacing, seed size, planting depth; durable and reliable in operation, and; light weight with minimal vibrations. The VMP was designed to meet the above criteria and has successfully established a diverse range of crops in Bangladesh since 2008 (Haque et al., 2011).

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
United Nations SDGs: Goal 2: Zero Hunger
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