Isparta University of Applied Sciences, Department of Agricultural Engineering, 3rd year student Selman Yaşam, who got it into his head to develop a device that eliminates insects from the agricultural field after an insect called tuta damaged the tomatoes qu ‘they planted in their own greenhouses in 2016, became the 1st among hundreds of competing projects he participated with the device he developed. Vivian named the device that works with ultrasonic sound waves and ultraviolet waves, which he developed with the help of his teachers, “Kemursgen”. Selman Live said: “Like all our farmers, we planted tomatoes in our greenhouse in 2016. At that time, the insect we named ‘tuta’ and called the tomato moth invaded our greenhouses. After visiting this insect, I decided to develop a device against this insect. Then, as a result of my studies, such a product emerged. There are incentives provided by our state. Thanks to our state, I created my As a young entrepreneur, I started to develop my product by consulting my professors from the faculty of agriculture and electrical and electronic engineering “After intense R&D work, our product began to emerge. During this period, we showed the effect of the product based on the data we received in our pilot study,” he said.
“We will establish a production plant”
Stating that they want to establish a production plant in the coming period, Vital said, “We will establish a production plant by expanding our business in the coming period. We will put our device into mass production and sell it. With the project we named Kemursgen, jointly organized by industrial businessmen of Antalya and Antalya Chamber of Commerce and Industry, to which we applied during the realization of our project, we were classified 1st among hundreds of projects and have been deemed worthy of an award. With this award, we accelerated the development of the device with the investment we received and added different features to our device. Our device won an exhibition award at Turkey’s biggest agricultural fair held in Izmir in recent days.
“I was impressed by Fatih Sultan Mehmet”
Citing the example of Fatih Sultan Mehmet, Vital said, “My birthday is May 3. May 3 coincides with the anniversary of the death of Fatih Sultan Mehmethan. I am very impressed with him. That’s why I always said to myself. When I turned 21, I wanted to achieve something. I wanted to make a name for myself in my country. I wanted to develop useful products for my country. I am very happy to develop this product because I will be 21 on May 3rd. Thanks to my mobility at a young age, I had the opportunity to go to different places in the country and abroad and search for these harmful creatures on the spot. Thanks to the data I received, I developed my product. I believe it will benefit our country and our nation. Because we use chemical pesticides, which we call insecticides, for pests or different insects. Unfortunately, according to data from the World Health Organization, 1 in 10 people get cancer from these chemical drugs. According to the information we have received, 3 out of 10 trucks are held up at the border because of the use of pesticides. While we were developing this device, we thought about adding added value to our country’s agriculture.
“Incentive to organic farming”
Stating that the device encourages organic farming, Vital said, “So our device encourages organic farming. It increases the added value of the tomatoes we produce and facilitates export. This is the message I want to give to our farmers; please never be afraid of clumps while farming. From now on, I hope my product will be with you. Together with my farmers, we are going to activate this device thanks to these R&D studies that we will do on many species of insects such as whiteflies, thrips and red spider mites in Mediterranean fruits, in particular tuta. Instead of using imported chemicals, you will use Kemursgen, which is domestically produced, in the products we make. These will benefit both your pocket and the environment. As we know, the United Nations has sustainable development goals.
“We support life on earth”
Addressing the contributions of the device, Vital said, “Our device directly contributes to 4 things. We directly support terrestrial life because we send insects out of the agricultural area instead of killing them. Since we reduce the use of chemical drugs, we do not interfere with human health and the biological population. On this occasion, we produce healthy and sustainable cities and agricultural models. At the same time, the device we call Kemursgen is also the pioneer of digital agriculture. Thanks to the mobile application of the device, our farmers will be able to access a lot of data in their greenhouses from home.