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Irish school student aims to improve farm safety with new design for chemical weedkiller sprayer

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An Irish school student has spent her transition year developing a new tractor sprayer design that has the potential to significantly reduce the risk of exposure to weedkiller chemicals for farm workers.

15 year old Marie Ní Mháirtín was prompted to develop the new tractor sprayer after witnessing the negative impacts of weedkiller fumes on her father several years ago.

Since then, she has founded her own business to promote her new invention, as well as winning a Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for her work.

The Safe Scrub Sprayer is a spot weed killer sprayer for tractors that is supplied as an attachment to existing spray systems. It makes spraying weed killer safer and healthier as it is activated from inside the cab of the tractor.

The device consists of a T shaped bar with attached spray nozzles, which can be rotated and moved vertically, and can also be adjusted up to six feet out on either side of the loader, allowing for more efficient spraying while preventing damage to grass and clovers.

In addition, the ability to precisely direct the flow of weedkiller chemicals results in a reduction in the quantity used, providing considerable cost savings.

Marie officially launched the Safe Scrub at the Abbeydorney ploughing match in January, and hopes to market her invention to the agrifarming sector, park authorities, local councils and golf courses.

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