Farm machinery safety in Indian agriculture: A comprehensive review
Ajay Kumar, Ashutosh Gautam, Rahul Bhad and NK Sharma
This comprehensive review paper delves into the escalating issue of farm machinery accidents in Indian agriculture, where the widespread adoption of modern farming practices and the mechanization of agriculture have brought about increased risks for farmers and laborers. The paper begins by providing an overview of the prevalence and geographical distribution of these accidents, shedding light on their magnitude and regional disparities. It then delves into a detailed analysis of the multifaceted causes and risk factors contributing to these accidents, including equipment design, operator training, and environmental influences. By scrutinizing the sociodemographic profiles of victims, the study highlights vulnerable groups at higher risk of accidents, emphasizing the need for tailored safety measures and interventions. Moreover, the review explores the economic and social implications of farm machinery accidents on the affected individuals and their communities, shedding light on the broader consequences of these accidents. It critically evaluates the existing safety regulations and policies in India, assessing their effectiveness in mitigating accidents and safeguarding the agricultural workforce. In addition, the paper draws from international best practices and innovative approaches aimed at reducing farm machinery accidents, presenting a range of strategies that have proven successful in other agricultural settings and could be adapted to the Indian context.
How to cite this article:
Ajay Kumar, Ashutosh Gautam, Rahul Bhad and NK Sharma. Farm machinery safety in Indian agriculture: A comprehensive review. The Pharma Innovation Journal. 2023; 12(10S): 1014-1019.