COVID-19 second wave will not impact India’s agri sector: Niti Aayog
Agriculture actions in May, when rural India noticed the worst of the pandemic, stay at a naked minimal, Ramesh Chand, Niti Aayog member, stated.
Niti Aayog member (agriculture) Ramesh Chand on June 6 stated the second COVID-19 wave will not impact the Indian agriculture sector in anyway as rural areas noticed unfold of infections in May when agriculture actions remained at naked minimal.
“COVID-19 cases started spreading in the rural areas in the month of May…and agriculture activity in the month of May is bare minimal, particularly land-based activities,” he added. “…it (May) is a peak summer month and no crop is sown, no crop is harvested except some vegetables and off-season crops,” Mr. Chand additional defined.
Agriculture exercise, Mr. Chand stated, peaks within the month of March or center of April, after which it comes down considerably and once more peaks with the arrival of monsoon.
“So, even if there is less availability of labour in the month of May till mid-June, I don’t think that will impact agriculture in anyway,” Mr. Chand stated.
On being requested why India is not self-sufficient in pulses manufacturing, he stated there was want to extend pulses’ space underneath irrigation and that may make lots of distinction in manufacturing and stability in costs.
He added that “in India, our subsidy policy, our price policy, technology policy, have remained too much in favour of rice and wheat and sugarcane. So I strongly believe that along with the technological breakthrough, we need to make our procurement, our MSP favourable for pulses”.
Mr. Chand stated the agriculture sector will develop greater than 3% in 2021-22. The farm sector grew at 3.6% within the final fiscal. India’s financial system contracted by less-than-expected 7.3% within the fiscal yr ended March 2021 after progress fee picked up within the fourth quarter, simply earlier than the world’s worst outbreak of coronavirus infections hit the nation.