Trials underway to import tea plucking machines from Japan

Thinappuyal English April 13, 2019 Comments Off on Trials underway to import tea plucking machines from Japan

Two tea plucking machines are expected to be imported from Japanese Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd in order to cover up the shortage of estate workers, Plantations Ministry Secretary J A  Ranjith said.

Each machine could be operated by two persons and would assist in plucking tea from a large expanse of tea estates, Mr. Ranjith noted adding that a test run is being carried out at present.

Accordingly, these machines will be imported before the end of this year if the trial run proves to be successful, he said.