Govt. of India : affordable personal protective equipment for farmer and farm laborer

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Hon'ble Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare-  & Hon’ble Prime Minister of India

Provide affordable personal protective equipment (PPE) to farmer and farm laborer

Farmers Problem

On-farm safety is paramount toward the noble mission for doubling farmer's income by 2022. Many young farmers including women suffer from potentially hazardous and life-threatening illnesses due to lack of awareness or availability of affordable PPE. Farm occupational diseases caused due to pesticide vapors, dusty as well as muddy fields, harmful hydrogen sulfide accumulations in manure pits and lack of awareness for hand sanitization after farm work is a serious problem. These problems cause chronic illness, disability even premature death which not only results in loss of income to farming family but also burdens them with extra expenditure as well as emotional trauma. Therefore, it is important to protect farmer's health and welfare by educating and equipping them with affordable PPE based on the agro-climatic conditions and cropping system of the target area.

Proposed solution to the problem

1. Making affordable PPE available for farmers at Gram Panchayat level through agriculture extension workers and Gram Sathis.

2. Educating farmers for proper use of appropriate PPE and awareness for cleansing and hand sanitization after farm work, this can be an extended part of “swachh bharat abhiyan” and named as “Swasth Kisan abhiyan”. Importance of PPE usage should be promoted in Krishi Vigyan Mela conducted by various Agricultural universities and state and central agencies.

3. Celebrating “National farm safety and farmer welfare week” for farmers as an awareness program for proper availability and on-farm use of PPE.

4. Agriculture and farmer’s welfare ministry and ICAR can lead a national initiative towards development of policies for “Farm worker’s safety and wellness” and establishment of R&D facilities for incorporating innovations in affordable PPE development in collaboration with start-up companies ( start-up India) , agri-tech entrepreneurs under make in India program and through public-private-partnerships.

So what is needed to be done is, farmers should have access and awareness to use affordable PPE for on-farm safety and protection from occupational hazards.

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