Is the Agricultural Package Addressing Challenges Small Farmers Face in a Pandemic? -Gurpreet Singh and Rajeev Sharma
The stimulus package has not made clear whether or how small farmers will really benefit.
As agricultural activities are in full swing due to ongoing rabi harvest and forthcoming kharif sowing, the continuing lockdown in India is pushing small farmers further to the margins. While various governments (both Central and states) have announced relaxations for agricultural activities and support for farmers, impact of the lockdown can be seen in terms of difficulties in marketing perishables, transporting inputs, credit availability and basic necessities for the farming community.
While the first stimulus package remained almost ineffective in easing the situation for small farmers, the impact of the recently announced package for agriculture is still awaited. Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on May 15 announced 11 measures to strengthen agricultural infrastructure logistics, capacity building, governance and administrative reforms.
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TheWire.in, 22 May, 2020, https://thewire.in/agriculture/small-farmers-covid-19-package