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Economic Analysis and Feasibility of Tractor Operated Cotton Harvesters

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Indian Journal of Economics and Development
Year : 2017, Volume : 13, Issue : 4
First page : ( 761) Last page : ( 766)
Print ISSN : 2277–5412. Online ISSN : 2322-0430.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2322-0430.2017.00242.6

Economic Analysis and Feasibility of Tractor Operated Cotton Harvesters

Mishra Pramod Kumar*, Singh Manjeet, Gill J.S., Mandal Biswa, Patel Bharat

Department of Farm Machinery and Power Engineering, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana-141 004, India

*Corresponding author’s email: pramod-coaefpm@pau.edu

Online published on 13 December, 2017.

Abstract

India is the first country in having a maximum area under cotton crop, second in yarn production and third in raw cotton production in the world. However, entire cotton is picked by human labour involving about 517 man h/ha. A 3-row finger type cotton stripper and single row cotton picker have been developed indigenously and the cost economics has been calculated as per the standard procedure to determine the feasibility and economic viability of the machines. It has been estimated that the break-even point (BEP) calculated on an area basis for a cotton stripper and cotton picker was 1255 and 1543 ha respectively. The payback period calculated on year basis for the cotton stripper and cotton picker was found 3.17 and 6.43 years respectively. Cost of harvesting done by the cotton stripper and cotton picker can save cost up to 57.48 and 44.42 percent respectively as compared to the hand picking.