Harvesting Machine Operator

Minimum ? 10th standard passed (preferable)Certified training for Harvesting Machine Operator (programme aligned to AGR/Q1002 released by

Agriculture Skill

Council of India)

Not applicable

The tasks a Harvesting Machine Operator is expected to perform include: Conducting pre-start procedures of the harvesting machine Operating the machine to harvest the crop Performing machine shut down procedure

Performing repair work of the machine

Knowledge of driving a vehicle

Possessing a valid driving license

Ability to prepare harvester machine for operation

Knowledge of the tools and equipment used in crop harvesting

Ability to perform daily maintenance using the appropriate equipment and tools

Knowledge of safety measures to be undertaken on harvesting operations

Ability to co-ordinate efficiently with colleagues

Familiar with harvest and post harvest management

Equipped to assimilate market information

Ability to keep up with the latest development and advancement in technology

Knowledge of basic arithmetic


Should have known driving and have a driving license issued by competent authority

Manual dexterity

Physically fit

Ability to work independently

Ability to take risks

Hardworking and persistent


Self-directed learner


Ability to negotiate

It is a field job.

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs maybe available in some farms

Work from option is not available

Working hours

Flexible working hours

Overtime is common during the harvesting season. Being self-employed is also an option. In this case, the working hours and days will be flexible

Shift system may be applicable as per the farm norms.Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?No

This job is not listed as hazardous or dangerous under The Factories Act, 1948 (section 87)

One may develop occupational hazards due to pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals, extreme weather conditions, considerable amounts of dust and equipment noise, constant contact with heavy equipment, etc.

For daily wage workers -INR175 toINR200 per day

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Growth Trends in Agriculture

India, with diverse soil and climate comprising several agro-ecological regions, provides ample opportunity to grow a variety of crops.

Horticultural crops form a significant part of the total agricultural produce in the country comprising fruits, vegetables, root and tuber crops, flowers, ornamental plants, medicinal and aromatic plants, spices, condiments, plantation crops and mushrooms and have become key drivers of economic development in many of the states in the country.

They contribute 29.5 % to Agriculture GDP (Economic Survey 2007-08). This calls for technology-led development. Horticultural crops play a unique role in India?s economy by improving the income of the rural people.

Cultivation of these crops is labour intensive and as such they generate lot of employment opportunities for the rural population.including professionals such as Harvesting Machine Operator.


Farm owners Agriculture co-operative organization

Cities and towns across India