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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 7, Issue:6, June, 2018

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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2018.7(6): 255-2557

Development and Performance Evaluation of Banana Comb Cutting Tool
S. Ghatge*, S. B. Patil, P. R. Sable and S. A. Mehetre
Dr. D. Y. Patil College of Agril. Engg. and Technology, Talsande Dist: Kolhapur, India
*Corresponding author

Banana (Musa acuminate, Musa balbisiana) is one of the important fruits grown in India. India leads the world in banana production with an annual output of about 14.2 MT. Maharashtra ranks seconds in annual production after Tamil Nadu. Cutting of bunches often become problem for farmers or workers of banana plantations. During the process of cutting down combs of banana from the bunch using sickle and thread, that take a lot of time to cut combs off from the bunch, bananas also still had a few cuts, scratches and bruises. Hence this is aimed for cutting banana combs from the bunch to gain a nice and neat cutting-edge and at the same time, it saves more time in the cutting process. An advantage of this “developed tool” is easy to use and operate. This tool does not cause damage and scratches to bananas. Also, the performance of developed tool was far more efficient than the other methods. Cutting time required by tool was precisely 34 seconds while that of sickle and thread was 64 and 154 seconds respectively. The post-harvest losses (damaged banana) was observed negligible for developed tool, while 30% more and 60% more damaged banana were recorded for sickle and thread respectively. An efficiency of nearly 100% was seen for developed tool, while that of sickle was observed to be 97.40% and that of thread was 98.80%. We can see that the efficiency of all methods lies in close proximity but differs in cutting time and losses which ultimately affects the adaptability, productivity and justify the overall process in terms of profitability.

Keywords: Banana (Musa acuminate, Musa balbisiana), cutting tols

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Ghatge J. S., S. B. Patil, P. R. Sable and Mehetre S. A. 2018. Development and Performance Evaluation of Banana Comb Cutting Tool.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 7(6): 255-2557. doi:
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