In Bengal paddy bowl, yield of late harvesting: wages up -Ravik Bhattacharya and Joy Prakash Das

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published Published on May 12, 2020   modified Modified on May 14, 2020

-The Indian Express

The rabi crop, known as Boro Dhan in Bengal, is sown in November and usually harvested by April. But this year, the lockdown has delayed the harvest by over a month, and now, farmers are racing against time to finish before the rains at the end of June.

Yadav Ghorui has rarely been this busy during harvest season. He is one of eight farm labourers called in to work on a one-bigha field in his Ajapur village in Burdwan, about 100 km from Kolkata.

“Last year, I got Rs 200 and 2 kg of rice every day that I worked; this year I am getting Rs 350 and 2 kg rice. Our group of eight is booked for the entire month. Work began a week ago and we have to harvest, bundle the paddy and dehusk the grains in two days. We work at night too,” said Ghorui, who lives with his wife and two children.

The rabi crop, known as Boro Dhan in Bengal, is sown in November and usually harvested by April. But this year, the lockdown has delayed the harvest by over a month, and now, farmers are racing against time to finish before the rains at the end of June.

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The Indian Express, 12 May, 2020, https://indianexpress.com/article/india/lockdown-bengal-paddy-late-harvest-labour-wages-up-6405549/


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