STIHL East Africa bets on Agriculture Mechanization for Progress
- STIHL East Africa has launched a tree pruning machine within the East African market, because the agency seeks to extend Agriculture Mechanisation within the area.
- STIHL East Africa Gross sales Supervisor John Wachira says the transfer is aimed toward rising productiveness and high quality of tea available in the market because the area is among the many largest tea producers on the planet.
- Kenya is the third largest tea producer on the planet and holds the main spot in international tea exports adopted by Uganda, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe, which all contribute importantly to international commerce.
STIHL East Africa has launched a tree pruning machine within the East African market, because the agency seeks to extend Agriculture Mechanization within the area.
Gross sales Supervisor John Wachira says the transfer is aimed toward rising productiveness and high quality of tea available in the market because the area is among the many largest tea producers on the planet.
Kenya is the third largest tea producer on the planet and holds the main spot in international tea exports adopted by Uganda, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe, which all contribute importantly to international commerce.
In line with Wachira, tea pruning is a very powerful cultural operation in business tea manufacturing and has affect on manufacturing and high quality of the harvested crop.
“The aims of pruning are to take care of a handy peak of the bush to facilitate plucking operation, examine the reproductive progress, stimulate the manufacturing of latest set of vigorously rising branches, take away the useless, diseased and defunct wooden, pest ridden branches for rejuvenating the bushes which have crossed the interval of most productiveness and to take care of the standard of made tea,” he explains.
The pruner dubbed FT 250 has a 5° inclined gear for exact reducing of tea bushes to attain a flat mattress for regeneration and has an engine capability 40.2 cc with a gas tank capability of 750ml.
A single FT 250 can work on a 1 acre space protection at a minimal of 6.4 hours to 9.6 hours relying on grass sort with a full tank operating as much as 55 minutes. 1 litre of gas can run as much as 60 to 75 minutes, making work simpler and fewer time consuming.
Weighing 6.1 kilograms the machine has a 100-tooth scratcher tooth round noticed blade for exactly reducing shrubs as much as a stem diameter of 6 cm. It additionally has a shortened shaft for simple manoeuvrability and entry inside tea bushes.
It additionally comes with a harness for snug dealing with and has an anti vibration system to scale back the machine vibrations on the operator to allow them to work longer.
There are several types of pruning akin to formative pruning, upkeep pruning and corrective pruning. Gentle or high pruning is a upkeep pruning. It’s a lower given 4-5 cm above the final prune degree (i.e. leaving 4-5 cm new wooden) so as to take away the congested high hamper and to resume the shoot system for extra vigorous progress. Medium pruning, heavy pruning, rejuvenation pruning are the corrective pruning. Medium pruning is principally a peak discount pruning which must be executed when the bushes attain an unmanageable peak.
“Tea Pruning determines the productiveness of tea bushes, Delay of pruning decreases the scale and weight of rising tea shoots. Your purpose in pruning tea leaves is to provide the plant a low, broad framework of branches that may produce many leaves annually. Pruning is crucial to direct the tea plant’s vitality into leaf manufacturing. Once you prune, you substitute previous branches with new, vigorous, leafy branches,” mentioned Lucia Ayanda STIHL East Africa Lead Coach.
She says the very best time to prune a tea plant is when the plant is dormant or when its progress price is the slowest.
“Those that are planning tea pruning for regeneration functions can use our business chainsaw – MS 382 is ideal for this type of job, particularly in tea estates, the device has a gas Tank Capability 0.68 litres and engine capability of 72.2 cc and might accommodate a variety of information bar lengths 18‘‘, 20‘‘, 25‘‘ & 28‘‘ ,” she added.
The tea sub-sector is the main overseas trade earner in Kenya and helps the livelihoods of 1000’s of Kenya who rely upon its cultivation, processing and buying and selling.
Kenya is the world’s main exporter of black tea by quantity. Main export markets for Kenyan tea embody Pakistan, Egypt, United Kingdom, Sudan, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen and Russia federation.