TAPIOCA HARVESTER

 

1.

Function

:

For harvesting tapioca tubers.

2.

Specification

:

 

 

i. Type

:

Mounted type

 

ii. Power requirement

:

35 - 45 hp Tractor 

 

iii.  Width of the digger

:

68 cm

 

iv. No. of rows

:

Two

 

v. Capacity

:

1.6 ha per day

3.

General Information

:

The tapioca harvester consists of a main frame with three point hitch system, shank with depth adjustment and digging blade incorporated with pegs. The hitch systems was designed to sit any make of tractor and provision was made for adding dead weight on the main frame. The shank is made up of mild steel material and the digger blade is attached to it. Provision has been given to the shank section for changing the depth of digging, according to the tube geometry and moisture condition of the soil. The digging blade is of trapezoidal shape made up of 13mm thickness M.S sheet. Five pegs were provided at the front end of trapezoidal digging blade for easy penetration into the soil and reduce the draft requirement of the unit. Before digging operation the top portion of the plant has to the removed.

 

4.

Cost of the unit

:

Rs.  8,000/-

5.

Salient features

:

  • Harvesting efficiency is 98 per cent  

  • Easily attached to any make of 35 hp tractor

  • Reducing in harvesting cost is 66 per cent compared to manual harvesting

  • Tubers are not left as undug in the field

  • Additional irrigation for manual digging is eliminated

  • Drudgery involved in manual digging is removed. 

 

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