TISS Survey Report

The Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) took the initiative of testing the performance of SIMA Kapas Plucker by distributing 300 SIMA Kapas Pluckers in the States of Maharashtra and Telengana in the year 2015-16 on a large scale trial basis.

The SIMA Kapas Plucker was found suitable for plucking kapas without contamination, reduced the cost of plucking significantly and at the same time improved the quality of kapas as they were contamination free.

CCI engaged the Tata Institute of Social Sciences to study the performance of SIMA Kapas Pucker.They concluded that;

“From the findings of the study, it is seen that many farmers are interested to use the machine, provided it makes cotton plucking easier and cost effective. In an increasingly globalized economy, where technology and the information revolution are impacting the everyday affairs, adaptability is an important factor for the future generation farmers. Mechanization in cotton cultivation is the need of the hour. It is of paramount importance to understand issues faced by farmers while using the machine and focus on addressing the same in order to promote its usage.

Based on positive feedback from the farmers and their interest to adapt to this technology, the CCI continued procurement of SIMA Kapas Puckers. As of date, CCI had distributed around 5,000 SIMA Kapas Pluckers to the farmers in the states of Maharashtra, Telangana, Karnataka, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chandigarh and Tamil Nadu under their “CCI-CSR Collaborative Scheme”.

Government of Tamil Nadu had also extended 50% subsidy to the farmers and the Association had distributed around 3,500 SIMA Kapas Pluckers under the Scheme.

Survey by SVPITM

The Survey conducted by Sardar Vallabhai Patel International School of Textiles and Management on the effectiveness and usefulness of hand-held mechanical kapas plucker machines distributed by the Cotton Corporation of India reported that

"From the Survey and analysis it can be concluded that the HMKPM is a panacea for the cotton farmer and probably the only solution available to him for improving his income from cotton farming.

It may thus be concluded that the hand-held mechanical kapas plucking machine (HMKPM) is an important and essential step towards technological advancement in cotton farming in India and the fact that there is currently no other feasible alternative will justify the promotion of this toll further by encouraging its use in the field by every means, while simultaneously investing in further research to enhance its user friendly features like battery life, operational efficiency and even cost of replacement."

By distributing SIMA Kapas Pluckers with 100% subsidy on the base price to the cotton farmers in the State, the cost of cotton cultivation could be brought down significantly and at the same time the kapas plucked using the plucker would be contamination free and fetch higher price in the market, thus it would help in increasing the earnings of the farmers.