30 MAR,2020 | MEDC
Just when the harvest was picking up for many crops, first the unseasonal rains and then the lockdown due to Covid-19 has shaken up the distribution channels in India’s rural sector. If farm incomes fall due to it, India’s much touted rural recovery looks doubtful. Migrant workers headed home today are exposed and vulnerable to exploitation. The biggest problem in rural areas today is not so much the overall fall in production, as it is the hurdles for the free movement and trade in agricultural produce. Clear and transparent guidelines need to be immediately issued to the grassroots level administration regarding movements of essential goods and supplies in rural areas. With over half of India’s 1.3 billion population depending on agriculture for their livelihoods, policymakers need to find a way to minimize disruption in the import, production and transportation of key agricultural inputs.
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