SURVEY OF TRADITIONAL TOOLS USED FOR CUTTING THE JACKFRUIT (ARTOCARPUS HETEROPHYLLUS L)C. Nickhil
A survey was conducted in Chickamagalur, Hassan, Coastal districts, Tumkur and Bangalore Rural districts to study the tools used for jackfruit cutting and bulbs separation. About 75 growers and entrepreneurs were interviewed. The findings in Chickamagalur resulted that the average usage of traditional tools for jackfruit cutting were 3.6, 45.58, 47.12, and 3.6%, respectively. Whereas in Hassan district, kitchen knife, sickle and axe were accounted for 51.1, 42.8 and 6.0%, respectively, suggesting that the kitchen knife was predominantly used in this district. In the Coastal Region and Tumkur district, kitchen knife was mainly used for cutting jackfruit to the extent of 54.6 and 49.70%, respectively, compared to other traditional tools. In Bangalore rural district, the use of kitchen knife and sickle were accounted for 52.40 and 47.50%, respectively. The average time taken by the knife and sickle cutting tools was 20 and 30 minutes, respectively, for cutting single jackfruit and separation of bulbs. Also, the data revealed that about 50 per cent of growers would be happy and satisfied with use of current kitchen knife and sickle, if some modifications effected. They reported that the conventional tools required much longer times and also were causing more drudgery to workers. Time taken for jackfruit cutting by manually ranges between 13:25 to 27:20 minutes. Manual jackfruit cutting was observed as a time consuming and labour intensive process.
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