Chinese researchers develop new machine for desert control


The self-developed machine plants the straws more efficiently in northwestern China’s Wuwei, Gansu Province, Aug. 5, 2019. /CFP

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Chinese researchers have developed a walk-behind paving machine that can more efficiently “plant” straw nets in desert areas to combat desertification.

The machine has proved capable of reducing the high labor costs involved in the deployment of checkerboard barriers, which are large straw nets placed on the surface of deserts to reduce the wind speed and fix moving sand dunes, according to the Desert Control Research Institute of Gansu Province, which developed the machine.

This checkerboard barrier technique is widely used in China’s arid inland areas, especially to protect traffic arteries from the incursion of deserts.

The institute said the machine makes the hand-planting process mechanized, by digging trenches and paving straw through its drive system, and can be used in varied terrain. The efficiency of the…

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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