Improving the Efficiency of Mechanical Olive Harvest: Evaluation of fruit loosening agents

  • 30 pages

  • Published: 15 Jun 2009

  • Author(s): Morgan, J, Constantinoiu, C, Jorgensen, W

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This RIRDC publication outlines the findings of a two-year trial evaluating the currently available fruit loosening agents employed under Australian conditions in order to determine their cost effectiveness and conditions for their commercial use.

The forces that lead to mechanisation in agriculture are clear – high cost and availability of manual labour. For some crops, these economic forces have led to rapid adoption of mechanisation, for others, like olives in the Mediterranean basin the pressure for mechanisation has been growing at a much slower pace.

This report will be useful for Australian olive growers and will provide supporting information to support registration with the APVMA to enable legitimate use of this chemical in Australian conditions.