Initiatives to promote farming and allied sectors during lockdown
The Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, Government of
India is taking several measures to facilitate the farmers and farming activities at
field level during the lockdown period. Following exemptions were given by
Government of India for agricultural operations keeping in view the harvesting and
• Agencies engaged in procurement of agriculture products, including MSP
Ÿ Farming operations by farmers and farm workers in the field;
Ÿ ‘Mandis’ operated by the Agriculture Produce Market Committee or as notified
by the State Government;
Ÿ ‘Mandis’ include direct marketing, facilitated by the State Government/UT
Administration, directly from the farmers/groups of farmers. FPOs,
Ÿ Shops for Seeds, Fertilisers and Pesticides;
Ÿ Manufacturing and packaging units of Seeds, Fertilisers and Pesticides;
Ÿ Custom Hiring Centres (CHC) related to farm machinery;
Ÿ Intra and inter-state movement of harvesting and sowing related machines like
combined harvester and other agriculture/ horticulture implements;
Ÿ Cold storage and warehousing services;
Ÿ Manufacturing units of packaging material for food items;
Ÿ Transportation for essential goods;
Ÿ Shops of agriculture machinery, its spare parts (including its supply chain) and
Ÿ Tea industry, including plantation with maximum of 50% workers.
Ÿ The Agriculture Minister along with Ministers of State (Agriculture) formally
launched the All India Agri Transport Call Centre on 15th April 2020. This Call
Centre has been set up for coordination between States forinter-state movement
of perishables like vegetables & fruits, agri inputs like seeds, pesticides and
fertilizer etc.The Call Centre numbers are 18001804200 and 14488.
Ÿ Truck drivers, traders, retailers, transporters or any other stakeholders who are
facing problems in inter-state movement of above commodities, may seek help
by calling at the Call Centre.
Ÿ Railways introduced 67 routes for running 236 Parcel Specials (out of which 171
are time table parceltrains)to supply essential commodities including perishable
horticultural produce, agricultural inputs viz. seed, fertilizer and pesticides, milk
and dairy products at fast speed which will facilitate farmers/FPOs/traders and
companies for continuity of supply chain across the country.
Ÿ Under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) Scheme during the
lockdown period from 24.3.2020, about 8.46 crore farmer have been
benefitted and an amount of Rs. 16,927 crore has been released so far.
Ÿ Decision has been taken (on 30.03.2020) for providing 2% Interest Subvention
(IS) to Banks and 3% Prompt Repayment Incentive (PRI) to farmers for the
extended period of repayment of loans upto 31.05.2020 or date of actual
repayment date whichever is earlier, for short terms crop loan upto Rs.3 lakh
per farmers given by Banks @ 7% p.a., which have become due or shall become
due between 1st March, 2020 and 31st May, 2020.
Ÿ Module of Uberisation of logistics aggregator has been recently launched on eNAM Platform. More than 7.76 lakh trucks and 1.92 lakh transporters are
already linked to this module.
Ÿ Exports of all major products i.e rice, groundnut, processed food, meat,
poultry, dairy and organic products has started.NAFED has exported 50,000 MT
wheattoAfghanistan and 40,000 MTwheatto Lebanon underG2Garrangement.
Ÿ The validation of pack houses, rice mills, processing units, treatment facilities,
fumigation agencies, PEQ facilities etc. which have expired in the lockdown
period due to COVID-19 situation have been extended.
Ÿ During this lockdown period, 2.70 Lakh quintals seed of cereals, millets, pulses
etc was moved and 42.50 Lakh cotton seed packets was also moved in Northern
India especially for Haryana and Punjab.
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