Problems getting labor and increasing in labor wage with the large farm size will be directing the pineapple farmers towards to the use of farm mechanization. Manual pineapple planting required 15 workers to plant one hectare of pineapple, which involve planting of 43500 suckers. A Manual/semi-automatic mechanical pineapple transplanting machine, might helpful to be used for facilitating pineapple planting activity but a lot of issues regarding safety and standardization of works are need to be an-countered.This machine is able to plant pineapple in 13 hours/ha. Therefore a gripper type mechanical transplanter was proposed and developed to be used as a reference to improve the design of the pineapple transplanter.It is more smaller compared to the existing pineapple transplanter. The objective of the study was to evaluate and compare the performance of the machine in terms of ease of handling, reliability, stability, safety and maintainability.Preliminary tests showed that the changes done have improved the workability of the machine for mechanical transplanting of pineapple suckers.
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