A BA Industry Development staff were recently invited to view a demonstration of the Tenias harvester at CMV Farms in Loxton. The Tenias harvester is a self- propelled machine requiring a single operator. The shaking and gathering of almonds occurs continuously without the machine having to stop, resulting in a rapid and effective harvest. It can shake up to seven trees per minute with the shaking head cab able to vary the duration of shake time per tree and the strength/ vigour of shake. Fuel consumption is around 12-15L per hour with a fuel tank size of 160L. The built-in stick flicker removes sticks from the catcher.
used in pistachios, the possibility of expanding in to Australian almonds is being explored. There are currently 50 machines worldwide in use in Spain and California. The cost is approximately €300,000 ($AUD 0.5 million) with a seven month build time. Whilst impressive and with exciting potential, there are still a few issues to address including windfalls and the number of nuts still left under the trunks. ABA Industry Development staff have put together the video below of the harvester in action.
There are currently five machines in Australia. Whilst currently being