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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 10, Issue:3, March, 2021

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2021.10(3): 2154-2168

Ergonomic Evaluation of Women Farm Workers during Shelling Operation of Maize of Udaipur District
M. Anusha*, A. K. Mehta and S. S. Meena
Department of Farm Machinery and Power Engineering, College of Technology and Engineering, Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture & Technology, Udaipur-313001, Rajasthan, India
*Corresponding author

Women play a major and crucial role in doing the agricultural operations. The women workers in Udaipur district mostly uses their hands for removing maize kernels from maize cobs by drying them for 2-4 weeks. This study was conducted in 2019-20 at instructional Farm, CTAE, Udaipur with women farm workers during the shelling operation by traditional method, along with technically and ergonomically designed Pedal operated maize de-husker sheller. The main objective of the study was to reduce the drudgery of the female farm workers and to recommend the proper method for doing shelling operations of maize cobs. Use of proper method not only reduces the drudgery but also improves the operating efficiency along with the comfort, besides improving the productivity of the women farm workers in doing the operation. In view of this, an effort has been made to assess the physical and physiological parameters of women farm workers who are following traditional method along with the improved method for doing shelling operation of maize cobs. The whole study was conducted on ten female farm workers identified from the population of workers in the age group of 18 to 45 years. During the experiment, physiological workload i.e., heart rate, oxygen consumption rate, energy expenditure rate and physical workload i.e., overall discomfort rate, rate of perceived exertion and Musculo-skeletal problems were measured. Pedal operated maize de-husker sheller when compared to traditional shelling method was more women friendly following all the ergonomic considerations for reducing the drudgery of the women farm workers by 16.96%. It also increased the productivity (kg/h) during the shelling operation by using Pedal operated maize de-husker sheller by 5.41 times the traditional shelling operation.

Keywords: Agricultural activities, women farm workers, Ergonomic assessment, traditional shelling, maize cobs

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Anusha, M., A. K. Mehta and Meena, S. S. 2021. Ergonomic Evaluation of Women Farm Workers during Shelling Operation of Maize of Udaipur District.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 10(3): 2154-2168. doi:
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