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Experience and analysis on sugarcane mechanization at a state farm in China

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Paper number  028048,  2002 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.10308) @2002
Authors:   Yinggang Ou, Dantong Yang, Pingxiang Yu, Yuxing Wang, Baixiang Li, Yali Zhang
Keywords:   Sugarcane, Mechanization, Economic Benefits

The level of sugarcane mechanization in China is low. Manual work is the basic manner to plant sugarcane except tillage and the productivity and economical profit is very low. Since later 1996, a set of machines was imported, a team including Guangqian Farm in Zhanjiang, China, AGPRO (an American company), Inchape (Dowell Engineering), South China Agricultural University and Professor Stephen Herbert from Massachusset University conducted an all-side sugarcane mechanization project in the farm. The objectives of this paper were to evaluate the working perfomance of imported machines, make economic analysis on the results of mechanization test and advices about the way to develop sugarcane mechanization in China and how the foreign company can get success in Chinese agriculture. The experiment was started in early 1997 and ended in April 2000. The experimental process indicated that sugarcane mechanization was a complicated system engineering, the mechanization systems need not only advanced machines and agricultural technices but also the cooperation of many taches (the field condition and agricultural situation, management and service level, the cooperation of all taches in harvesting system, etc) and the delay of any tache could affect the working efficiency of whole systems. To summarize and evaluate the experience in the large-scale mechanization experiment was very important to promote the development of sugarcane mechanization and improve the mechanization level in China. SCAU research team is continuing the mechanization tests in an area of about 50 ha with GQ staff who contracted that piece of land. The tests are going well and the experience is reported.

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