ICAR assessing impact of Covid-19 lockdown on agriculture, allied sectors

Govt agri-study body ICAR is evaluating the effect of Covid-19 lockdown on agriculture and allied

Govt agri-study body ICAR is evaluating the effect of Covid-19 lockdown on agriculture and allied sectors and using measures to minimise its result on the country’s food stuff stability, a senior ICAR official said.

The Indian Council of Agricultural Investigate (ICAR) is the apex body for coordinating, guiding, and running study and schooling in agriculture in the total country less than the aegis of Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

“ICAR is preparing documents on the probable effect on agriculture and allied sectors and measures to minimise the negatives so that the food stuff process remains unaffected,” the official said.

Although the governing administration has exempted a lot of agricultural functions from harvesting to motion of create to mandis from lockdown guidelines, the ICAR analyze will aid the governing administration take even further action, the official added.

The official said that ICAR had issued crop-precise advisories to farmers, inquiring them to take standard precautions and basic safety measures in the course of harvesting, post-harvest functions, storage and promoting of rabi crops.

The governing administration has imposed a 21-working day countrywide lockdown to halt the distribute of the coronavirus pandemic. There are far more than 3,000 confirmed circumstances of coronavirus in the country at existing.

Meanwhile, the official said ICAR had supplied all its guest houses situated in different states for quarantine use.

ICAR also said that its 4 institutes — Bhopal-based mostly National Institute of Superior Safety Animal Diseases (NIHSAD), Bengaluru-based mostly National Institute of Veterinary Epidemiology and Disorder Informatics (NIVEDI), Izatnagar-based mostly Indian Veterinary Investigate Institute and Hisar-based mostly National Investigate Centre on Equines (NRCE) — have essential facility to do COVID-19 assessments.

ICAR even further said its institutes are providing food stuff and making sure cleanliness in nearby labourer colonies. It is also contributing a single-working day salary of its personnel, amounting ₹6.06 crore, to PM-CARES fund to fight COVID-19.