Design and fabrication of a DC operated inter-row weeder machine.

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dc.identifier.citation Nduga, Rogers. (2022). Design and fabrication of a DC operated inter-row weeder machine. Busitema University. Unpublished dissertation. en_US
dc.description Dissertation. en_US
dc.description.abstract A weed is a plant that is considered undesirable in a particular situation, it is basically “a plant in the wrong place”. Weeds need to be controlled because they reduce crop quality by contaminating the commodity, reduce farm products, invade crops, smother pastures and in some cases can be harmful to the livestock, and at the same time aggressively compete for water, nutrients, and sunlight, resulting in reduced crop yield and poor crop quality. Weed control is one of the most difficult tasks on an agricultural farm. Farmers in Uganda, farmers a total loss of 33% of their income from Weeds. The Losses are due to some of the following reasons, total loss of 26% from Crop Diseases, total loss of 20% from insects and Worms, total loss of 6% from Rats, as it has been surveyed. Shrinking farmlands, acute labor shortage, decreasing income per acre of cultivation, and economic frustration are some of the key factors hurting a farmer's confidence in continuing farming. Weeding control is done by: mechanical weeding, thermal weeding: flaming, biological control, chemical control, and farming pattern. It has always been a problem to successfully and completely remove weeds and other innocuous plants in a time scope. Invariably, weeds always grow where they are not wanted. This work involved the design and construction of a mechanical weeder, having discovered that tools such as cutlass and hoes require high drudgery, time-consuming, and high labor force, and also the power weeder (gasoline operated) having the problem of pollution and excess vibration. As a solution to these problems, a mechanical weeder powered by a DC source and UV intensity is to be designed and constructed which will address the above challenges hence better quality and quantity production. The mechanical weeder will be made of two implements attachment i.e. the primary cutting edge which is in front of loose soil above and the secondary cutting edge which is behind to do cutting and lifting of weeds. The machine will be focused on: weight is expected to be less, suitable for both ladies and senior persons, economical for small farmers, machine noise being low, environmentally friendly and should run using a battery-backed up with solar energy. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Associate Prof. Dr. Titus Bitek Watmon, Busitema University. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Busitema University en_US
dc.subject Inter-row weeder machine en_US
dc.subject Weed en_US
dc.subject Crop quality en_US
dc.subject Weed control en_US
dc.subject Agricultural farm en_US
dc.subject Weeding en_US
dc.subject Pollution en_US
dc.subject Solar energy en_US
dc.title Design and fabrication of a DC operated inter-row weeder machine. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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