Lockdown imposed owing to Covid-19 outbreak pushed solitary gals farmers in Maharashtra in distress, deprived them of operate, funds, and enough foods. Now, these gals farmers facial area huge challenges in the future Kharif to procure seeds and loans to cultivate.

Mahila Kisan Adhikaar Manch (MKAAM) — Forum For Ladies Farmers’ Rights together with other organisations in Maharashtra recently performed a review across seventeen districts of Maharashtra to evaluate the influence of Covid-19 and the lockdown on solitary gals engaged in cultivation and functioning as wage labourers.

The review discovered that over-all foods intake declined in this interval with shrinking earnings. “About 45 per cent of gals did not get a solitary working day of operate in the fifty times of the lockdown. The many others who did get a handful of times operate acquired a lot less than ₹2,000 as wages in the fifty times. Absence of funds established substantial challenges and still left them with no funds to commit in financial functions and wellbeing and other needs” the review pointed out.

About 91 per cent gals who participated in the review had been widows belonging to varied caste groups and 28 per cent had been from farm suicide affected homes. Most of them acquired ration in April, but these with out ration cards had been deprived of it. Also, they faced difficulties connected to on the internet verification of cards. Rice and wheat had been available on ration retailers but over-all foods intake declined, the review concluded. The need to grow PDS to contain healthy foods this sort of as cereals including jowar, bajra and pulses and dals, oil, sugar is gaining momentum.

“With restricted incomes from farming, gals had been in distress owing to the lockdown. thirty per cent gals had been to harvest their make when the lockdown was declared. Make was ruined as a result of the difficulties in harvesting and just 24 per cent had been equipped to promote their make and significant losses had been described. These gals now facial area huge challenges in the future Kharif” stated Seema Kulkarni of MKAAM. For the duration of the lockdown, most gals marketed their make to the personal traders at reduce rates than standard instances.

“We hope the government guarantees that earnings transfers are designed, operate on NREGS internet sites is began and totally free seed and other inputs is presented quickly to assure that gals farmers do not skip on this season” stated Kulkarni.

MAKAAM has approached the State government and experienced conversations with Shiv Sena MLC Neelam Gorhe.

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