ICAR assessing impact of Covid-19 lockdown on agriculture, allied sectors

Government agri-study entire body ICAR is evaluating the affect of Covid-19 lockdown on agriculture and allied sectors and taking measures to minimise its effect on the country’s meals safety, a senior ICAR official reported.

The Indian Council of Agricultural Investigation (ICAR) is the apex entire body for coordinating, guiding, and controlling study and instruction in agriculture in the complete country underneath the aegis of Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

“ICAR is preparing files on the doable affect on agriculture and allied sectors and measures to minimise the negatives so that the meals process stays unaffected,” the official reported.

When the govt has exempted several agricultural operations from harvesting to movement of generate to mandis from lockdown guidelines, the ICAR review will help the govt acquire more action, the official included.

The official reported that ICAR experienced issued crop-certain advisories to farmers, inquiring them to acquire standard safety measures and

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Farm sector faces lockdown heat

The countrywide lockdown to comprise the unfold of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) has activated labour lack in numerous areas, impacting the harvest and marketing of rabi crops these as mustard, wheat, pulses and paddy.

For farmers, who are in the midst of harvesting wheat, gram and mustard in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat, the flight of migrant labourers again home has spelt hardship. Advertising and marketing of the generate is also turning out to be a problem.

In Punjab and Haryana, wheat harvest is expected to get started in mid-April. For farmers who have grown potatoes, the labour lack could spell harvest problems.

Lockdown woes

“Farm labourers have long gone home. If we in some way take care of to organize some labourers, the law enforcement is proscribing their movement since of the lockdown. So, in most of the fields, harvesting is disrupted,” claimed Dalveer Singh, a mustard grower

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