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Development of a Date Palm Dethorning Device
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Paper number 051079, 2005 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.18853) @2005
Authors: Ahmad Albozahar
Keywords: Date palm, fronds, thorn, spine, dethorning, mechanization
Date palm dethorning means removing the spins (or thorns) off the palm fronds and plays
a great role in date quality. This operation is done traditionally by means of different types of sickles
in Iran and nearly all over the world. In this way the operation intensity is high, it takes about 5-10
minutes to do the operation for each palm, and frond midrib injuries are high. The workers also
sustain many injuries during the operation. Consequently this operation has been neglected in recent