Description and salient Technical features
The kraft paper made from cotton stalks can be conveniently used for the preparation of good quality 3-ply and 5-ply corrugated boards. Corrugated boxes of various dimensions can be prepared using these boards. These boxes conform to BIS specifications. Suitability of these boxes was also ascertained by conducting actual packaging, transportation and storage trials with fruits like oranges and mangoes.
The performance of these boxes was found to be on par with that of wooden boxes as well as CFB boxes made from commercial kraft paper. These boxes could be effectively used for packaging, transportation and storage of various horticultural produce. The 5 kg and 10 kg capacity boxes (3 ply) were most ideal for packaging and transportation of mangoes. Ripening and physical condition of fruits were better and uniform in cotton stalk CFB boxes as compared to nailed wooden boxes. For packaging, transportation and cold storage of oranges, two piece telescopic boxes of size 50 x 30 x 30 cm (5 ply + 3 ply) is recommended.
Production cost of 2000 corrugated boxes (size : 265 x 180 x 105 mm) from 1 tonne of craft paper is Rs 20,758 approx.
How the new technology will impact the income of the farmers / end users:
Additional benefits can be found in the expected reduced use of wood as a basis for paper manufacturing and packaging, which has strong environmental benefits, and in the possibility to create new rural based small board manufacturing units.
Main beneficiaries will thus be the cotton farmers who will generate additional income from the sale of cotton stalks.
It will partly solve the raw material problem of the paper industry and fetch additional income to the farmer community. Losses during transportation of fruits will be minimized.