Plant rice with printing presses? On Nov. 18th, this funny “new word” appeared in the international agricultural machinery exhibition of the Wuhan International Expo Center in China, into the spotlight.
This printer spits out a long piece of paper like printing newspapers, on which it is not a word, but a rice, spaced neatly on paper. It can print more than 10 meters long “grain scroll” one time. Spread the “scroll” to the fields and sprinkle the thin soil, then rice is sown. This is named printing sowing technology. This kind of printhead is different from XAAR printheads.
This printing machine after reconstruction, is used not with ink, but plant gum, so that the rice can stick to the paper. A funnel is fixed on the top of the machine, used for transporting rice. The paper is plain without any phosphors, innocuous and yellow, which can melt in the field. Staff tell that the benefits of this technique are to allow rice to get an more accurate, quantitative plant than artificial planting which costs more seeds savings. A printing plant machine is about 45,000 yuan, and an acre of land consumps about 3 yuan paper and vegetable gum.
China (Wuhan) international agricultural machinery exhibition continued until the 20th of this month. In addition, vegetables planted helicopter also appeareded. The helicopter can fly to spray pesticides, priced one hundred thousand or two hundred thousand yuan, and its production materials are like airplanes.