Pepper separating machine a boon for farmers

It is a pepper season in Kodagu. Most of the farmers are engaged in harvesting pepper and separating from its bunches. Majority of the growers grow pepper as mixed crop along with other main crops in Kodagu.

In the recent years, owing to the shortage of labourers, the growers are finding it difficult to harvest and separate pepper from its bunches. To reduce the work, few farmers have developed machine to reduce their work.

A farmer Mahabaleshwar Bhat from Kodapadavu in Vittal of Dakshina Kannada has invented a machine that simplifies the task of separating pepper from peppercorns. The machine runs on electric power. The machine is fitted with half Hp to 3 Hp motor.

There is a rotator inside the machine, which is fitted with a belt from the motor. The pepper bunches are put into a funnel-like structure. Once the rotator turns, pepper is separated from its bunches. The machines are available in various models. Some machines can separate one quintal pepper from its bunches in one hour. There are others which can separate six to seven quintal pepper. Several farmers in Kodagu have started showing interest in the purchase of the machine.

Ravindra of Napoklu has purchased this machine. He says “it is a best suitable for separating pepper from its bunches. It works out with less strain. It is better, if one uses this machine after keeping pepper for a day after its harvest.”

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One Response

  1. My name is Gerard Braganza and I live in Melbourne Australia. I work for Emirates Airlines in Australia. I am trying hard to contact Puttu and Prudence Chittiappa from Coorg, he has pepper plantations in Coorg. Putta and his wife Prudence Chittiappa were known to my late father and visited my father in Mumbai.
    Can you kindly assist by giving me Puttu’s contact number as he owns pepper plantations in Coorg.

    I want to contact him about my father who passed away.

    Many thanks and kind regards.

    Gerard Braganza



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