TECHNICAL AND ECONOMIC ASPECTS OF MECHANICAL OLIVE PICKING
Since the consumption of oil and eating olives is so high in this region that it brings about a great deficit in the regional food and agricultural balance, the expansion of such a production sector becomes essential. But this can occur only through the reduction of the picking cost; in fact olive picking covers as much as 60% of the total production costs. So three different equipment stocks were investigated: a traditional layout with hand picking and two work site layout, one with nets and one with intercepting frame. The field trials emphasized the technical-operational characteristics and enabled us to set up an adequate simulation model.
de Castro, P. and Paschino, F. (1990). TECHNICAL AND ECONOMIC ASPECTS OF MECHANICAL OLIVE PICKING. Acta Hortic. 286, 425-428