When India went right into a rigorous nationwide lockdown in late March, in response to the coronavirus epidemic, it was vastly disruptive for a lot of communities. A kind of that was significantly affected was the neighborhood of farmers.
On condition that 50 per cent of India’s inhabitants of 1.three billion depends upon agriculture as a supply of livelihood, this had severe penalties for the revenue stability of over 600 million folks. And the lockdown was enforced simply on the time that the farmers have been able to take their rabi (winter) crop, harvested in early spring, to the mandis.
BusinessLine’s Senior Deputy Editor Rajalakshmi Nirmal spoke to farmers – who have been dealing with the prospect of seeing their harvest going to waste – and provided recommendations to allow them to get their produce to the market in time. The Centre responded with alacrity to the report (As mandis get shut, listed here are 5 methods the federal government will help farmers cope), and put in place a mechanism (Agriculture Ministry takes fast motion to assist tomato farmers in Barwani) to make sure that whereas security was not compromised in a pandemic scenario, the farmers’ livelihoods might be protected.
By way of the variety of farmers who gained from the remedial measures, that is arguably one in all BusinessLine’s most impactful articles.
Watch Rajalakshmi Nirmal’s account of the backstory