COVID-19: 60% farmers suffered yield loss on their harvest, shows survey -Shagun Kapil
-Down to Earth
Survey aimed to evaluate the impact of the nationwide lockdown against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on agricultural production and livelihood
The lockdown — to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) — also forced 55 per cent of the farmers to store their crops as they were unable to sell them.
The survey — aimed to evaluate the impact of the lockdown on agricultural production and livelihood — was conducted by the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Public Health Foundation of India and Centre for Sustainable Agriculture from May 3 to May 15, 2020.
Farmers across Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal were roped in for the survey.
Losses for 40 per cent of the farmers who experienced a yield loss, occurred from a lack of labour, storage or transport options, said the survey. Weather was also cited as a reason for the loss in yield by 80 per cent of the farmers.
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Down to Earth, 21 May, 2020, https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/agriculture/covid-19-60-farmers-suffered-yield-loss-on-their-harvest-shows-survey-71270