Selection of Transplanters for Stevia Mechanized Planting


Mohd. Taufik A., Mohd Fazly M., Mohammud C.H., Aris A. & Saleh B.
Mechansation  & Automation Research Center, MARDI HQ. 43400 Serdang, Selangor
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Selection of Transplanters for Stevia Mechanized Planting


Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Seminar (MAPS 2008)


21st October - 22nd October 2008

Place Held

The Legend Hotel, Kuala Lumpur


The objective of this study is to select the suitable machines that can accommodate the mechanized planting of stevia. Manual planting requires 100 man-hours for one hectare of land. Crop requirements were considered before machine selection was carried out. Machines that could accommodate both small and large scale farmers were selected. Single row transplanter driven by a power tiller and a triple- row transplanter attached to a 4 wheel drive tractor were chosen to be suitable for mechanized stevia transplanting. The pedestrian type transplanter was estimated to transplant l200 plants per hour while the triple row transplanter performed at 4000 plants per hour. To implement mechanized planting, several factors for consideration would include land preparation and farm layout design


Stevia transplanting: single-row transplanter; triple-row transplanter


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