A COMPARATNE STUDY OF TRADITIONAL AND IMPROVED GRAIN CLEANING TOOLS

Article Id: ARCC5365 | Page : 197 - 203
Citation :- A COMPARATNE STUDY OF TRADITIONAL AND IMPROVED GRAIN CLEANING TOOLS.Asian Journal Of Dairy and Food Research.2005.(24):197 - 203
K. Oberoi, Shivani Shanna and Kulvir Kaur
Address : Department of Family Resource Management, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana - 141 004, India

Abstract

The present study was undertaken to find out the different occupational health hazards faced by the women farmers during the grain cleaning activity performed with traditional method and to assess the impact of improved tools manufactured by CIAE, Bhopal and National Agro Industries, Ludhiana on the reduction of physiological and muscular stresses. Thirty rural women who were in average state of health were involved in the experiment. The activily was performed with both the traditional method using chaj (bamboo winnower) as well as by using both the improved tools. Results of the study showed that the average heart rate and energy expenditure of the women were reduced significantly while performing the grain cleaning activity with the use of improved tool manufactured by CIAE, Bhopal. The use of both the itnproved tools also leads to reduction in the muscular stresses. Further it was observed that work productivity with the improved tool designed by CIAE, Bhopal had significantly improved. It was therefore recommended that women should be motivated to use the improved tools for grain cleaning to minimize their health hazards.

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