Barkha Sharma, S.R.K. Singh, S. Gupta, M.K. Shrivastava and Shilpi Verma
Indian farm women do many difficult tasks and weeding of the crop is among them. It is a main drudgery prone activity which is mostly performed by farm women and to solve this problem Krishi Vigyan Kendra Ratlam, as per its mandate conducted front line demonstration on â€œ Improved twin wheel hoeâ€ in soybean weeding. The basic objective of these demonstrations was to reduce drudgery with muscular stress and fatigue. The work efficiency of the farm women was distinctly increased by skilled use of â€œ improved wheel hoeâ€ developed by CIAE, Bhopal as is evident from the results of the demonstration. Thirty farm women were selected randomly for the study. The demonstration component included use of improved weeding implement (Twin Wheel Hoe), skill training and exposing advantages. The focus was to change the attitude, skill and knowledge towards recommended practices in the work. The women traditionally carried out weeding operation by using tools e.g. hand hoes or â€œkhurpiâ€ in squatting and bending position which decreases the work efficiency. In the recommended weeding practices, it was shown that the same amount of work could be done in almost half of the time and work efficiency was increased by 86.3%, Farm women adopted the improved technique as it had increased the efficiency to work, reduced the drudgery and helped in avoiding bending or squatting posture. It lessened the exertion and fatigue to make the farm women comfortable.
Keyword: Drudgery; Ergonomics; Posture and Fatigue;