Mechanisation

SASRI conducts research to assess the impact of mechanisation on sugarcane production efficiencies and sustainability. Mechanisation accounts for about 50% of the total cost of sugarcane production, even when cane is cut manually. With agricultural profit margins decreasing continuously, it is crucial that every effort is made to use farm machinery as efficiently as possible. Small savings on production costs can translate into large increases in net profit.

SASRI Mechanisation Reports
2018 Mech Report No 1: Costing machinery Systems – PDF (1475kb)
2018 Mech Report No 2: Systems and Costs of Land Preparation, Planting and Ratoon Management – PDF (482kb)
Agricultural Machinery and Equipment: Products and Suppliers
Local Supplier List 2018  PDF

International Supplier List 2018  PDF

Mechanisation Posters
Maximum allowable payload for vehicle combinations – PDF (105kb)
SASRI Information Sheets
Mechanical sugarcane harvesting systems – PDF (115kb)
Factors to consider when implementing mechanised cane harvesting – PDF (112kb)
Mechanisation Articles, Papers and Reports
Mechanical Sugarcane Harvesting – PDF (85kb)

Dumisani Loading Profile, Sugar Journal, June 2011 – PDF (112kb)

An economical mechanical front mounted cane cutter for tractors – PDF (200kb)

For more information contact:

Agricultural Engineer
Tel: 031 508 7400 (Switchboard)
Tel: 031 508 7434 (Direct)
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