TISS Survey Report
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
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.