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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2017.6(11): 3427-3433
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2017.611.403


Development of Manual Orange (Citrus sinensis) Fruit Harvesting System
P.R. Sabale, R. D. Nalawade*, T.B. Bhosale and S.S. Meena
CTAE, MPUAT, Udaipur- 313001, Rajasthan, India
*Corresponding author
Abstract:

India is one of the largest producers of orange in the world. Among the various operations followed by the producers while cultivation of orange, harvesting is the most critical in terms of possible damage to the fruits and musculoskeletal stress on the worker. This research work was carried out to develop the ergonomically feasible manual orange fruit harvesting system. The developed system consists of the aluminum tripod adjustable as per the operator's height and the whole harvester assembly mounted on the tripod. The micro camera and display arrangement reduce musculoskeletal stress on the operator. The performance of the improved system evaluated in terms of fruit selection, harvest rate, fruit damage and field performance by field tests and compared with traditional harvesting methods. The maximum harvest rate ranged from 49.26 to 64.12 kg/h and 37.12 to 45.70 kg/h for the harvesting of orange fruits by the traditional and improved method, respectively. The average damage to fruits in traditional method observed 14 percent and it was almost no fruit damage in improved method. The improved harvesting system found better than traditional methods and reduces musculoskeletal stress on the operator.


Keywords: Orange harvester, Micro-camera, Harvest rate, Fruit damage, Musculoskeletal stress.
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Sabale, P.R., R.D. Nalawade, T.B. Bhosale and Meena, S.S. 2017. Development of Manual Orange (Citrus sinensis) Fruit Harvesting System.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 6(11): 3427-3433. doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2017.611.403