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Awareness about Drudgery Reducing Farm Tools and Implements by Women Farm Workers in Gujarat, India

K.B. Bhushan, Kinkini Dasgupta Misra, Ujjwala Tripti Tirkey, Gaurav Jain and A.K. Goswami

Abstract

The present study investigates awareness towards improved farm tools and implements by the women farmers/farm workers in Vadodara, Kheda, Godhara, Dahov and Dahod districts of Gujarat. Data was gathered of 150 women farmers through a well-structured questionnaire, focused group discussion and personal interview. Findings revealed that women farmers use traditional tools and implements since a long time but most of the women farmers felt immense drudgery in their use. It was also found that most of the farmers were unaware of improved farm tools and implements which reduce drudgery. The results also suggested that the respondents were willing to accept the information and subsequent use the improved tools and implements. This study can provide scope for promotion of technology in gender perspective towards the challenges of farm women would help in reducing drudgery and occupational health problems of women workers in agriculture.

Keyword: Awareness; Farm tools; Implements; Drudgery; Farm women

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