Mysuru, Karnataka: The rise in the cases of coronavirus in rural areas has impacted agricultural activities. The farmers are facing a shortage of labourers to take up the sowing activities and harvesting of summer crops.
Kurubur Shanthakumar, President, Karnataka Sugarcane Cultivators Association said, “The spread of the coronavirus has impacted the agricultural activities in the rural parts. The people are reluctant to hire workers from outside due to the increase in the covid-19 cases.”
According to the news report published in Thehindu.com, the Joint Director of Agriculture in Mysuru, Mahanteshappa, said the rural surge of COVID-19 could affect agricultural activities in the days ahead though sowing per se was not labour intensive.
“The workers from other places are reluctant to move to villages for harvesting purposes. The residents in villages are also objecting to their presence due to the surge in Covid-19 cases,” said a farmer from the region.