Students of Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, Hyderabad, Tania Dutta won the award for developing a prototype of New generation periscope fruit picking device. She carried her project work under guidance of Dr. P Yogeeswari.
The estimated extent of annual post harvest losses are: Fruits, about 30 per cent valued at Rs 13,600 crores and for vegetables about 30 per cent valued at Rs 14,100 crores.
The most probable cause for the losses encountered is the untimely harvesting before proper maturation and the harvesting of damaged fruits along with the good ones and storing them together.The post harvest losses can be minimised to a great extent if the harvesters can see the condition of the fruits on the trees before picking them. Thus, I have come up with a design optimised modified tool structure. We have incorporated the idea of a periscope inside a fruit picker in such a way that it gives a complete view of the fruit so that the harvesters can decide if the fruit has ripened or not and pick accordingly. The device also has a focusing and zooming lens set-up for a better image at the end. The rod in the device are placed in a telescopic fashion.
This allows flexible height adjustment of the rod according to the fruit height on the tree. The design is simple, convenient to use, does not require much technological knowledge, very cheap, easy to manufacture and provides a great loss minimisation in the long run. This product is mainly targeted to help the poor farmers who are still used to with the traditional old methodologies and equipments and have not yet been exposed to the highly advanced technical automated robotic machineries on which current researches are going on abroad.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science and Technology, awarded the Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Appreciation to Tania Dutta, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, Hyderabad at the GYTI 2018 Awards function held at Rashtrapati Bhawan on March 19, 2018.