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dc.contributorGarbati Pegna, Francescoen_US
dc.creatorBonechi, Francescoen_US
dc.date2018-08-18en_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-18T14:01:16Z
dc.date.available2018-09-18T14:01:16Z
dc.identifierhttps://mel.cgiar.org/reporting/download/hash/0e080c03a1f3c309b613e114cf8368a8en_US
dc.identifier.citationFrancesco Bonechi, Francesco Garbati Pegna. (18/8/2018). Performance Evaluation of an Off-Road Light Aerial Platform for Date Palm (Phoenix dactylifera L. ) Cultivation. Florence, Italy: University of Florence (UniFi).en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11766/8391
dc.description.abstractDate palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) cultivation is characterized by several operations performed at the frond level. Fronds can be many meters above the ground, especially in older groves or plantations. Mechanization in date palm farms is still lacking or inadequate, especially in medium and small farms of non-industrialized countries, and operations at the frond level are still done manually by climbing up the tree. Working at height without specific equipment is difficult, tiring and risky and many accidents occur to workers when climbing on taller palms with the traditional belt-based climbing system. In large specialized plantations of valuable date varieties, aerial platforms are used, generally derived from the construction industry, with or without adaptations to the specific task. Nevertheless, the high purchase price and maintenance costs don’t allow for their use in smaller farms. However even medium sized groves, where high value varieties are cultivated such as the world renowned Medjool in the Jordan Valley (H.K. of Jordan), could benefit of specialized mechanized equipment if of adequate size and cost, but suitable solutions have been missing until now. With the aim of proposing a versatile machine for aerial operations in date palm medium-sized farms, in 2016 the Italian manufacturers CO.ME.T. and ERREPPI marketed a compact aerial platform mounted on an off-road light carrier, specifically designed for use in palm plantations. The objective of this study is the evaluation of this self-moving aerial platform, named Xiraffe, in terms of timing, effectiveness and general attitude to work along the date palm cultivation process. This analysis is based on observations done and data collected in 2017, during harvesting field trials on Medjool date palms in the Jordan Valley. These trials, carried out on palms of different height and characteristics, aimed at comparing mechanized and traditional manual harvesting, which is still the most common method in the study area. The results showed that this small sized and agile machine proves to be effective while capable of improving work safety and timing when used to harvest palms between 6.0 and 9.4 meters high. However, the manual harvest is still more effective for medium and small farms in the test environment, but some technical improvement to the platform, such as modifying the bucket shape or providing it with specific tools for other operations (e.g. pruning, bagging or pollination), can reduce the gap, opening a completely new scenario in date palm cultivation.en_US
dc.formatPDFen_US
dc.languageenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Florence (UniFi)en_US
dc.rightsCC-BY-NC-4.0en_US
dc.subjectmedjool datesen_US
dc.subjectDateen_US
dc.titlePerformance Evaluation of an Off-Road Light Aerial Platform for Date Palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) Cultivationen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
cg.subject.agrovocjordanen_US
cg.subject.agrovocagricultural mechanizationen_US
cg.subject.agrovocliftingen_US
cg.subject.agrovocharvesting dateen_US
cg.contributor.centerInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.contributor.centerUniversity of Florence - UniFien_US
cg.contributor.funderERREPPIen_US
cg.contributor.funderCO.ME.T. Officineen_US
cg.contributor.funderXTRUXen_US
cg.contributor.projectICARDA Corporate - Monitoring & Evaluationen_US
cg.contributor.project-lead-instituteInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.coverage.regionWestern Asiaen_US
cg.coverage.countryJOen_US
cg.coverage.start-date2017-09-09en_US
cg.coverage.end-date2017-10-26en_US
cg.contactfrancesco.bonechi@stud.unifi.iten_US
dc.identifier.statusOpen accessen_US
mel.project.openhttps://mel.cgiar.org/projects/mel-icardaen_US


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