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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 9, Issue:11, November, 2020

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
Online ISSN : 2319-7706
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2020.9(11): 2729-2737

Ergonomic Evaluation of Manually Operated Two Row Paper Pot Onion Transplanter
M. Suwathiga1*, S. Thambidurai1, S. S. Sivakumar1 and M. Dhandapani2
1Dept. of Farm Machinery and Power Engineering,
2Dept. of Basic Engineering and applied Sciences Agricultural Engineering College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Kumulur, Trichy, India
*Corresponding author

The world production of vegetables, India is the second largest producer next to china. In India, there is no mechanization available for onion transplanting. The transplanting of onion seedlings mainly depends on farm workers. So, manually operated two row paper pot onion transplanter was developed. In agricultural mechanization, the major role of ergonomics is to increase the efficiency of the operation. The study was conducted to evaluate the manually operated two row paper pot onion transplanter and compared with conventional method of transplanting. It was found that the maximum heart rate, energy expenditure rate, oxygen consumption rate and work pulse value of farm workers were 118 beat min-1, 9.8 KJ min-1, 0.66 L/min and 32 beats min-1 with the workload of moderate in two row paper pot onion transplanter and the maximum heart rate, oxygen consumption rate and energy expenditure rate of farm workers were 135 beats min-1, 12.6 KJ min-1, 0.859 L/min and 50.5 beats min-1 with the work load of heavy in conventional method. The overall discomfort rate and musculo-skeletal problem is less in transplanter compared with conventional methods.

Keywords: Paper pot transplanter, Ergonomics, Labour, Dimension of human body, Heart rate, drudgery, Energy expenditure rate

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Suwathiga, M., S. Thambidurai, S. S. Sivakumar and Dhandapani, M. 2020. Ergonomic Evaluation of Manually Operated Two Row Paper Pot Onion Transplanter.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 9(11): 2729-2737. doi:
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