Based on observations and feedback received from women workers during the experiment with commercially available fertilizer broadcaster, the broadcaster was refined to make it suitable for them using anthropometrical data of women workers.
It consists of a hopper with agitator, spreading disk, gear, crank with handle, rear cushioning pad and straps with shoulder pad for mounting. The broadcaster needs to be cross-mounted, as it is a belly-mounted equipment. A woman worker should start the broadcasting work keeping 2.5 m away from bund of field and maintain 5 m spacing during the operation in subsequent passes. The quantity of fertilizer in hopper may be observed from its transparent lid and when required it may be filled. The broadcaster may be cleaned thoroughly after use.
small and marginal farmers
Dr. L. P. Gite and Dr. S. P. Singh ICAR-CIAE, Bhopal
Tested and modified for height reduction
2009-12, To reduce the drudgery and increase the work efficiency