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The Netafim drip irrigation systemwhich TFS uses is assisted
by Aussie 6” and 4” Quick-Prime diesel powered transfer pumps,
which draw water for the system from irrigation channels
supplied by the Burdekin River. The Aussie Quick-Prime pumps
offer flows of up to 2900 litres per minute, heads of up to 28
metres and will self-prime from a huge 8.4 metres direct lift.
The pumps, which are powered by Yanmar diesel engines, are
sometimes required to run on the plantation for up to six hours
a day, and have been fitted with 19 litre long range fuel tanks
which, according to Aussie Pumps, offer low fuel consumption
and maximum pump performance.
Not only is this kind of drip irrigation efficient for TFS, but
according to the company, it has improved seedling survival rates
and reduced water usage on the plantations by more than 80 per
cent. Along with its water recycling plant, TFS has saved 28 million
litres of drinking water across its sites since 2010.
EQUIPPED FOR MAINTENANCE
All ofTFS’s plantations relyheavilyonpower equipment for general site
maintenance as well as providing for the trees’ growing requirements,
and the eventual harvesting process. According to Mr Barnes, the
company uses everything from chainsaws to skid-steers. He explained
that all operations involving the trees are focused around the end
product, which is taken from a particular part of the wood.
“What we are doing is all about heartwood. There is a heartwood
core inside the tree, surrounded by sap wood on the outside. They are
distinctly different colours; you can see the heart wood is a ring of
darker wood inside. When we harvest the tree, we pretty much chase
back the heartwood, starting at the top and cutting until we find it. It
only extends for some portion of the tree, and not right up to the top
of the trees, so we chase it down by cutting it into lengths until we find
some. That is mainly where we use our chainsaws, particularly whenwe
lop the tops off the trees once they are extracted from the ground. Most
of our chainsaws are Stihl andHusqvarna,” Mr Barnes explained.
The harvesting process is undertaken by manually-operated
machinery, assisted by automated attachments. While it can take 15
years for the sandalwood to reach the harvesting stage, the number
of trees and scale of the plantation means that the task is a huge one.
“Theharvester itself has amechanical sawon itwhich is automated.
It is a grab and cut implement which fits on the front of a skid-steer,
which is like an oversized bobcat. It cuts the tree off at ground level
Young sandalwood trees require constant watering. Netafim drip
irrigation systems and pumps by Aussie Pumps assist this process.
JUNE - JULY 2016 |
POWER EQUIPMENT AUSTRALASIA