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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 10, Issue:1, January, 2021

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
Online ISSN : 2319-7706
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Editor-in-chief: Dr.M.Prakash
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2021.10(1): 1135-1144

Design and Development of Pedal Operated Maize Sheller for Small and Marginal Farmers
R. Prajwal*, V. Tanveer Mujtabha, V.N. Meghana and Er. Prasanna Kumar
College of Agricultural Engineering, GKVK, UAS - Bengaluru, 560065, Karnataka, India
*Corresponding author

In India, Maize (Zea mays) is an important crop after the rice and wheat. Many farmers grow maize but could not afford the cost of acquiring some of the imported threshing machines because of their cost. Such people resort to manual means of threshing which results into low efficiency, high level of wastage and exerting of much labor. This machine was constructed to shell maize and separate the cob from the grains. It was constructed from locally available materials and its cost is low and affordable. The operating speed of pedal operated maize sheller was optimized for its operation at higher or lower operating speeds in pedaling mode. The performance of the pedal operated maize sheller was evaluated with local or traditional shelling method - tubular maize shelling. The capacity of machine was 58-62 kg/hr which is 3 to 4 times than tubular maize shelling and with maximum shelling efficiency and cleaned outlet grain i.e. 98 % and minimum mechanically damaged i.e. less than 2 % at moisture content of maize was 10 %. The pedal operated maize sheller can be effectively used by the farmers for shelling of maize.

Keywords: Pedal operated, Maize sheller, Tubular maize shelling, Shelling efficiency

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Prajwal, R., V. Tanveer Mujtabha, V.N. Meghana and Prasanna Kumar, Er. 2021. Design and Development of Pedal Operated Maize Sheller for Small and Marginal Farmers.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 10(1): 1135-1144. doi:
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