Hazelnut or Corylus avellana is an important species for many Calabrian hilly territories. It represents a key cultivation for those areas where there are no alternative crops, except forestry. However, it would require high levels of mechanization, especially for harvesting, which is currently one of the most expensive processes of the productive cycle; an operation that can engrave up to 40-60% on the sale price of the product, moreover to be time consuming if carried out manually. harvesting and preliminary post-harvest processing of hazelnuts. Operational working time and productivity assessment have been made under C.I.O.S.T.A. ranking requirements. Time measurement started when the machine was positioned at the beginning of the row ready to start gathering. The obtained results showed that such machines offer work productivity higher than manual harvesting.
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