Selective Tea Plucker

Mechanically simulating the hand plucking of tea

Video Credit - Mississippi State University Extension

Selective Harvesting enhances quality

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•Selectivity is achieved through plucking the mature tea stem at table height.

•Maintenance foliage and immature buds are not harvested.

 

•Selective process enhances quality

 

•Conversely cutters are non-selective and cut stems, leaf, immature buds and maintenance foliage, thereby reducing quality.

Immature shoot left on the bush

Plucking height

Mature shoots that have been plucked

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Maintenance foliage left on the bush 

 
 

Selective Tea Plucker comparison with hand-plucking and mechanical cutters

Comparison Table

 
 

Selective Plucking Vs Cutting of tea

Crop growth comparison after 7 days

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Selective Harvesting
Conventional Cutter

• No immature shoots harvested with selective tea plucker, therefore, tea grows back quicker, reducing round and improving yield

 

Mechanisation Advantages

• Proven up to 92% reduction in labour requirement. Source GMTC

 

• Replaces scarce labour resource

 

• Facilitates harvesting at right time and when workers are unavailable

 

• Allows grower to keep up with crop which enhances quality and yield

Portability

It's lightweight and easy to manoeuvre

 
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WHAT OUR CLIENTS THINK

•“It is the best harvester to maintain quality of plucked shoots that I have seen. It is a simple machine that returns complicated work.”

•“It performed as we were told it would ….better than I had expected and it really saved the day this year.”

•“It plucks with sufficient efficiency to maintain a high standard of tea production which in turn maintains the higher prices that we need to be monetarily sustainable.”