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Design, Development, and Performance Evaluation of a Power-Operated Jute Fiber Extraction Machine

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Farm Machinery and Postharvest Process Engineering Division, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, Gazipur 1700, Bangladesh
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Practical Action, Bangladesh Country Office, Dhaka 1213, Bangladesh
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International Rice Research Institute, Bangladesh Office, Dhaka 1213, Bangladesh
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Department of Agronomy, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Kafrelsheikh, Kafr Elsheikh 33516, Egypt
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Department of Agronomy, Bangladesh Wheat and Maize Research Institute, Dinajpur 5200, Bangladesh
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Academic Editors: Marcello Biocca, Maurizio Cutini and Elio Romano
Received: 6 May 2021 / Revised: 31 May 2021 / Accepted: 7 June 2021 / Published: 13 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Evaluation of New Technological Solutions in Agriculture)
Jute is the golden fiber of Bangladesh, but its production is declining due to the involvement of higher production and processing costs, where a major portion of the cost is needed for fiber extraction. Labor unavailability and increasing labor cost have led to higher jute fiber production cost. To address these issues, this study looks at the development of a power-operated and cost-effective fiber extraction machine aiming at reducing the production cost. The study was conducted at the Rangpur regional office premises of Practical Action in Bangladesh, and the developed machine was branded as “Aashkol”, which had the following major parts: a feeding tray, a primary extraction roller, a secondary extraction roller, grabbing rollers, fiber collection stand, base frame, protection cover, and a spring-loaded tray under the primary extraction roller. The Aashkol can extract green ribbon from the jute stem, but jute sticks were broken down into smaller pieces (3–6 cm). The performance evaluation of the machine was conducted using different types of jute (Deshi, Kenaf, and Tossa) and compared with another jute extraction machine (KP model, introduced by Karupannya Rangpur Ltd.). The Aashkol-based extraction and improved retting systems were also evaluated and compared with traditional jute extraction systems. The jute stem input capacity (4.99 t h−1) of the Aashkol was 47.6% higher than the KP model (3.38 t h−1). Compared with the traditional system, across jute types, the Aashkol produced a 9% higher fiber yield and saved 46% retting time. Overall, the Aashkol reduced 90% of the labor requirement and saved 11.6 USD t−1 in jute fiber extraction and retting than the traditional method. View Full-Text
Keywords: jute fiber; extraction machine; retting; Aashkol; mechanization; sustainability jute fiber; extraction machine; retting; Aashkol; mechanization; sustainability
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Karim, M.R.; Hoque, M.A.; Chawdhury, A.; Faruk-Ul-Islam; Ahmed, S.; EL Sabagh, A.; Hossain, A. Design, Development, and Performance Evaluation of a Power-Operated Jute Fiber Extraction Machine. AgriEngineering 2021, 3, 403-422. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/agriengineering3020027

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Karim MR, Hoque MA, Chawdhury A, Faruk-Ul-Islam, Ahmed S, EL Sabagh A, Hossain A. Design, Development, and Performance Evaluation of a Power-Operated Jute Fiber Extraction Machine. AgriEngineering. 2021; 3(2):403-422. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/agriengineering3020027

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Karim, Md. R., Muhammad A. Hoque, Alamgir Chawdhury, Faruk-Ul-Islam, Sharif Ahmed, Ayman EL Sabagh, and Akbar Hossain. 2021. "Design, Development, and Performance Evaluation of a Power-Operated Jute Fiber Extraction Machine" AgriEngineering 3, no. 2: 403-422. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/agriengineering3020027

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