May , 2020, Volume : 1 Article : 28

Consequence of Lockdown amid Covid-19 Pandemic on Indian Agriculture

Author : Tanushree Saha and Sarthak Bhattacharya

The lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 has severely hampered India’s agricultural sector, starving it of buyers and migrant labourers as the restrictions halt people’s movements. Agriculture sector currently contributes to 16-17% of the GDP. India hosts nearly one fourth of the world’s farmers and possess 48% of world’s arable land. The country has made significant advances in many off-farm sectors such as service sector, industrial production etc. but agriculture continues to be the lifeline of the nation, especially for the 64% Indians living in rural areas. Non-availability of migrant labourers is interrupting some harvesting activities but the Government and ICAR is monitoring in its best possible way to boost the farmer’s income as well as to ensure the food security of the nation.

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