Agricultural workers are hired by farmlands or on agricultural expanses, where they are required to handle a vast variety of jobs including planting and harvesting crops. Most employers hire agricultural workers who are robust and physically dexterous as there is a lot of physical work to perform. The ability to operate and service farm machinery is of great importance in this role.
Beyond possessing a high school diploma, agricultural workers are not really required to be educated formally. However, if you have had some experience working as a farm hand or an agricultural worker before, you will know how to handle the work associated with agricultural farming. In many instances, agricultural workers are also required to provide assistance in handling farm animals by making sure that they are kept clean and groomed.
Maintaining the quality of farms is the prime work of an agricultural worker. During the course of the day, they may be required to operate machinery and vehicles such as tractors, harvesters and crop cutting machines. Feeding livestock, cleaning their cages and disinfecting their pens is also part of an agricultural worker’s job.
An agricultural worker is required to perform some or all of the following duties on any given day at work:
• Dig trenches according to specified depths and widths, as instructed by supervisor
• Choose the right type of crops to be planted and ensure that they are properly planted properly
• Inspect already planted crops to ensure that they are properly growing and address any prevailing issues
• Irrigate farm soil and ensure that all pipes and pumps are properly maintained and cleaned
• Operate farm machinery such as tractors and harvesters and ensure that they are properly cleaned, maintained and repaired
• Spray fertilizers and pesticides to control inspects and aid plant / crop growth
• Feed livestock and ensure that they are properly groomed, bathed and that their pens and cages are properly disinfected
• Assist in harvesting crops by using dedicated machinery and tools
• Examine farm animals to detect symptoms of injury or illness and make appropriate arrangements to keep them at bay
• Herd livestock to green pastures for grazing purposes and ensure that all animal are returned to their pens safely
• Handle crop disease control by applying pesticides or weeding the offending crop line immediately
• Participate in the post-harvesting stage of crops and assist in packing them securely for storage purposes
• Load agricultural hoards into trucks and drive them to marketplaces for selling purposes