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Smart Rain Simulators for Rain-Starved Districts of the Indian Subcontinent
  • Peeyush Khare,
  • Tushar Agarwal,
  • Satyajit Ghosh,FRMetS
Peeyush Khare
Paul Scherrer Institute

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Tushar Agarwal
Environmental Resources Management
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Satyajit Ghosh,FRMetS
Vellore Institute of Technology
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To help tackle drought-related farmer suicides, a new design of a rain simulator, recently patented is presented (Patent no. 351688, Govt. of India Patent Office). This is versatile and yields showers with near-identical drop-size distributions when compared to natural showers. It is useful for many applications requiring controlled hydration from showers instead of relying on root hydration alone. The apparatus is soon to be rolled out to farmers in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu. It is portable, and with a cost of under USD 1000 a piece, can alter patterns of cropland hydration even when a monsoon fails.