Indian Institute of Horticulture Research (ICAR) has developed few tools which comes handy in cultivation of onions – a widely cultivated product in belts of Karnataka and Maharashtra. Some of the equipments are – a seed drill for sowing of onions, diggers to harvest, de-topper to cut and separate the leaves from the bulbs and graders to sort and grade the produce.
The adoption of these machines is expected to help growers bring down input costs — mainly labour — and use less seeds, thereby bringing down their cost of cultivation by about a third. The cost of the entire equipment range is around ₹ 8.0 lakh (almost one-fifth cheaper than imported equipments). Cost of cultivation of onion per acre is around ₹ 30,000.