Diversification, Feed and Fodder, Gender, Market Access and Value Chains, Development Pathways, Policy & Institutions, Postharvest management, Seed systems, Poverty Dynamics
Dryland cereals, Grain legumes
Lockdown: Centre, States helped agricultural sector, but a lot yet to be done to ensure growth
COVID-19 pandemic, Novel Coronavirus Outbreak, Lockdown, Indian agriculture sector, Public Distribution System, One Nation One Ration Card, Agriculture commodities, Farm labourers, Harvesting machinery, Smallholder farmers, Workforce unavailability
Innovation systems for the Drylands, Systems Analysis for Climate Smart Agriculture
Dr Shalander Kumar
ICRISAT Happenings 1850-5, 18 April 2020
While these measures will begin to help, the impact witnessed by farm sector and other vulnerable groups requires more intervention. The disruptions on rural livelihoods and food supplies from COVID-19 lockdown have worried all stakeholders in the Indian agriculture sector. The Indian government has announced a massive relief package of ` 1.7 lakh crore to cover those hit the hardest – farmers, rural workforce, women and other vulnerable groups. The package promises free cereal and pulse grains for three months through the Public Distribution System (PDS) and cash transfers to vulnerable people, mainly in rural areas.