Agro-pine is a pineapple harvester, which is a device that simplifies harvesting operation. This device overcomes the conventional method of using machete which easily causes damage to the pineapple fruits and cause frequent hand injuries to users due to the sharp pines. AGRO-pine is easily manageable, less time and energy consumption and reduce workers requirement. Besides, it can reduce and avoid the occurrence of fruit damage and put priority to workers, safety due to the sharp pine and lessen workers back pain/body aches because they need not have to bend in order to harvest. It adopt a 100% green-technology.
After implementing AGRO-pine for the pineapple harvesting programme at the farm, time saving for harvesting 1 hectare of pineapple cultivation is 6 days as compared 12 days using conventional method. Besides that, due to tools efficiency, number of workers also been reduced to 2 persons/workers cost saving totaling about RM 1,080.00 per month. With AGRO-pine fruit damages was reduced from 6,323 fruits to only 537 fruits per hectare. It not only help the small-scale farmers in IADA project to increase their fruit harvest but also reduce on the cost of workers in their farm. The cost benefits analysis of this project was RM71,447.00 per cyle per hectare. For those farmers under IADA Samarahan farm that were tested with AGRO-pine, they had been an increased in harvest of RM 183,994.80 for an area of 53 hectares.