Farmers can now protect themselves from snakes with this new solar-powered snake-repellent sticks

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Bangaluru: Snakebites are one of those most dreaded unpleasant happenings and they are for real, here is an innovation that promises to keep the venomous reptile away from farms and the farmers.

Farmers die of snakebites

According to the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, approximately  46,000 people mainly farmers die of snakebites in India every year.  Though 95% of snakes are harmless, many snakes also get killed be villagers. Bengaluru-based Prasadam Industries has come up with a ‘snake guard’ in the form of a stick, that a farmer can carry with him to the fields.

How the “Snake Guard” functions

The “snake Guard” is still in the testing stage. The stick, which is made from iron, is an “ultrasonic, solar-powered snake-repellent” which looks and works just like a walking stick. a farmer can take the stick to the field and insert it into the ground nearby. The device sends out sonic waves every 10 seconds, which snakes consider a danger. The vibrations can extend up to 15 metres this makes the snakes feel unsafe and they stay away, so farmers are safe and Snakes are also protected. Snake Guard is easy to use, economical and extremely effective for the villagers. These snake guards have been distributed in the villages of Maharashtra and Karnataka to guard lives of farmers and snakes too!

Watch the video here.

What it aims at

The device mainly aims to minimise the encounter between man and snake through a simple technology. As a pilot, a few sticks have been given to farmers in Karnataka and Maharashtra. The feedback has been positive. The device will further be tested in different soil conditions. The innovation will be taken to the Agriculture Department for approval soon.


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