IMPACT OF COVID-19 LOCKDOWN ON INDIAN AGRICULTURE

Dharanipriya A, Karthikeyan C

Abstract


WHO characterized the outbreak of COVID 19 as a pandemic on 11th March 2020 advising all the countries to implement robust containment measures to combat the spread of the virus. As a response to the corona virus pandemic, Honorable Prime Minister of India announced a 21 days nationwide lockdown from 25th March in the initial phase which was subsequently extended thrice. Though this lockdown is intended to combat the corona virus spread, severe contractions in the money circulation due to halt in the economic activity is expected to have significant impact on different sectors of the economy in the long run with agriculture being no exemption. Despite the government’s efforts of permitting many agricultural operations from harvesting to the movement of agricultural produce across the country, farmers bore the hardest brunt of lockdown due to movement restrictions. The impacts of lockdown on farmers in the short and long run were dealt in the paper. The measures to be taken up by the central and state government to mitigate the ill effects of Covid 19 lockdown on farmers have also been highlighted.

Keywords: COVID-19, Lockdown, Farmers, Impact, Mitigation.


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