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Physiological Workload of Women Agricultural Labourers in Selected Activities in Maize Cultivation

Physiological Workload of Women Agricultural Labourers in Selected Activities in Maize Cultivation Experiments were conducted to know the physiological workload of farm women in plucking of maize cobs from standing and harvested plants, harvesting, dehusking and shelling the maize cobs. Participating farm women (subjects) were physically fit for the experiments. Average force required in plucking the cobs from standing plant was 7.3 N that varied from 3 to 15 N. Force required in removing a layer from un-dehusked cob was 2.94 N while it was 19.7 N when 3–4 layers had to be removed. Physiological workload of subjects was of light category for the activities of maize cob plucking from harvested plants, dehusking, and shelling the cobs while it was of moderate category for the activities of maize cob plucking from standing plants, and harvesting the maize plants in the field. Protective gear was needed for plucking the maize cobs and harvesting the maize plants. Higher heart beat consumption and drudgery in dehusking and shelling tasks suggested using improved maize dehusker–sheller. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of The Institution of Engineers (India): Series A Springer Journals

Physiological Workload of Women Agricultural Labourers in Selected Activities in Maize Cultivation

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2015 by The Institution of Engineers (India)
Subject
Engineering; Civil Engineering
ISSN
2250-2149
eISSN
2250-2157
DOI
10.1007/s40030-015-0110-6
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Abstract

Experiments were conducted to know the physiological workload of farm women in plucking of maize cobs from standing and harvested plants, harvesting, dehusking and shelling the maize cobs. Participating farm women (subjects) were physically fit for the experiments. Average force required in plucking the cobs from standing plant was 7.3 N that varied from 3 to 15 N. Force required in removing a layer from un-dehusked cob was 2.94 N while it was 19.7 N when 3–4 layers had to be removed. Physiological workload of subjects was of light category for the activities of maize cob plucking from harvested plants, dehusking, and shelling the cobs while it was of moderate category for the activities of maize cob plucking from standing plants, and harvesting the maize plants in the field. Protective gear was needed for plucking the maize cobs and harvesting the maize plants. Higher heart beat consumption and drudgery in dehusking and shelling tasks suggested using improved maize dehusker–sheller.

Journal

Journal of The Institution of Engineers (India): Series ASpringer Journals

Published: Mar 17, 2015

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