Covid 19: Lockdown of mandis, a new challenge for farmers

Elvera Bartels

With lockdown declared across states to command the distribute of Covid-19, mandis wherever farmers sell their harvest have also been closed. Across the nation, harvest in various crops including wheat, mustard, chana and coriander has started out and farmers are sitting on truckloads of grains and pulses.

In the Kharif time, a lot of farmers shed their soybean and other crops because of to abnormal rains and have been waiting around for this Rabi harvest to spend back their financial loans. But they are now struggling with a new difficulty: closed mandis and crashing rates. While in the beginning, most states declared that mandis will open from April 1, it now appears as if they will be closed until April fourteen because of to the nationwide lockdown. There is now the risk of area traders exploiting compact farmers and buying their create at throwaway rates.

Past week, when mandis have

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