COVID-19: What fiscal steps are needed to ensure food security -Gurpreet Singh and Nilachala Acharya

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published Published on Apr 25, 2020   modified Modified on Apr 29, 2020

-Down to Earth

Procurement at the doorstep, direct income support and reaching out to farmers can help in easing farming operations at this crucial time

The extension of the nationwide lockdown to combat the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), though necessary, will lead to a further suspension of work and no wages and means for families to support themselves.

The activities in manufacturing and services, that provide non-essentials, may be suspended, though with serious consequences. However, agricultural operations cannot be postponed much longer. Any delay may disturb the production system and affect India's food security.

Therefore, the Union as well as state governments are trying hard to resume agriculture-related activities. The rabi harvest is starting soon and most farmers are struggling due to the lack of mobility of labour, machinery and necessary equipment during this lockdown period.

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Down to Earth, 25 April, 2020,

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