RESEARCH ON DEVELOPING A MULTIFUNCTIONAL EQUIPMENT FOR HARVESTING MEDICINAL AND AROMATIC PLANTS FOR USE ON SMALL AREAS
Cultivation technologies of medicinal and aromatic plants characterize harvesting operations as being difficult, because they have a significant effect on the plant material quality. Therefore, regardless the harvesting method used (either manual or mechanical), the intervention on the useful part of the plant have to be kept to minimum. Mechanized harvesting is usually an important prior factor for achieving profitable productions, and this aspect is also valid for medicinal and aromatic plants. In order to improve and adapt the cultivation technologies to the current Romanian requirements, and analyzing previous practical experiences, INMA Bucharest has achieved a multifunctional equipment for harvesting annual and perennial medicinal and aromatic plants, with applicability on small land surfaces. The paper presents the experimental model of an innovative equipment and the expected advantages, compared to the previously made harvesting equipment.
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