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SMOKELESS CHULHA – AN IMPORTANT DRUDGERY REDUCING TECHNOLOGY FOR FARM WOMEN

Prakash Panwar, Pushpa Gupta and N.S. Rathore

Abstract

In Rajasthan wood is the most common fuel used in rural homes for which the farm women possess the traditional chulhas which causes health hazards to them. It was therefore felt essential to introduce smokeless chulha in the villages. The study was an action on oriented research in which training was given to the farm women through lecture cum demonstration method, intervention was done at their homes and then data were taken on gain in knowledge & skill after training and intervention, appropriateness of chulha as perceived by farm women and lastly symbolic adoption of it. Findings of the study indicated that after training gain in knowledge was good (MPS – 91.92) & it increased from 91.92 to 97.55 after intervention. Similarly majority of farm women acquired good skills and 13.35% showed average skills after training but after intervention the MPS increased to 98.21 percent & all were excellent in performance test. Smokeless Chulha was perceived highly appropriate in terms of time & fuel saving, cost wise feasibility, healthy environment & keeps food hot for longer time. Majority expressed willingness to install chulha within 3-6 months. An important outcome of 2 pot chulha was that farm women developed habit to plan menu in advance

Keyword: Intervention; Drudgery

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