Sown Crop Area has increased by 36%
On April 20, 2020, the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare announced that the sown crop area of summer crops has increased by 36%. Farming had been completely exempted from lock down.
The rise has been mainly observed in rice cultivation. Rainfall has increased by 14% as compared to last year. The total summer crops have increased by more than 52 hectares.
In Madhya Pradesh, harvesting has increased by 95%, Rajasthan has increased by 85% and Uttar Pradesh by 65%. The harvesting has been at its peak in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.
Measures to Ease Lock Down
Also, to ease the transport of harvested food grains in the country, All India Agri Transport Call Centre was launched. The initiative will help in coordination between truck drivers, traders and manufacturers from different states.
Also, the “Krishi Rath App” was launched to help farmers find right transport services for their harvested food grains. It will act as a common platform for traders, farmers and truck aggregators.
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