Doubling the Income of Farmers for Harvesting Ginger Crop through Tractor Drawn Ginger Digger-Cum-Elevator
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- Ginger, Digger, Harvesting, Elevator and Tractor Drawn Harvestor
- Nagendra, Kawale; Anantachar, M.; Veerangouda, M.; Prakash, K. V.
- Ginger is a plant recently gaining attention in the food and pharmaceutical industries because of its spice and medicinal importance. The prototype of tractor mounted ginger digger cum elevator was evaluated in black and red soil in research field and compared with manual harvesting under similar conditions. The field capacity was 0.085 hectare per hour and the harvesting efficiency was 77.27 per cent with damage caused to the rhizome being less than 3.29 per cent. In manual harvesting, the harvesting capacity was 85.90 per cent with damage caused to rhizome being 4.26 per cent and percentage of rhizome lift being 98.76 per cent, whereas it was 99.01 per cent when harvested with ginger harvester-cum-elevator. The cost of the harvester is Rs. 80,000 and the cost of harvesting per ha was Rs. 35,738 whereas manual was high about 70,000 per hectare. The breakeven point was 16 ha per annum and the payback period was 2.0 years. The saving in cost over manual harvesting of ginger with the harvester was 48.94 per, cent
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