A SURVEY ON WORKING ENVIRONMENT AND PROBLEMS OF THE MAIZE VENDORS
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In many cities and towns of developingÂ countries, street food vending is a large source ofÂ employment (Choudhury et al., 2011) and contributes
significantly to household incomes (Biswas et al.,Â 2010). Roasted maize cob (Bhutta) is classic IndianÂ street food that would be found generally at theÂ beginning of the rainy season or the monsoons.Â Roasting of maize is done by placing it on a glowingÂ charcoal and then turning it occasionally to allow evenÂ distribution of heat. Various indigenousÂ roastingÂ equipments are used by vendors for roasting purposesÂ like tandoor, barbecue, grill, corn roaster etc. A handÂ fan is used by the vendor to blow the air so as toÂ maintain the glowing of charcoal. The rate of heatÂ transfer from the charcoal to the maize depends on how fast the hand fan blows the air current. ForÂ constant supply of air; hand fan and blower areÂ preferred. In the models of stoves used by the localÂ street vendors only two or three corns can be roastedÂ at a time. When the number of customers is more, itÂ becomes difficult for the vendor to cater to all at theÂ same time. There are a number of problems beingÂ faced by the road side vendors. Despite problems andÂ risks associated with the business, people continueÂ to use this as a source of earning their living (PearceÂ and Bankole, 1988).