“Second COVID-19 wave will not impact Indian agriculture sector”

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The agricultural activities were less affected due to the second wave of COVID-19, said Ramesh Chand, Member (Agriculture), Niti Aayog.

The agricultural activities were minimal in May when the coronavirus was at its peak and spreading in the rural parts of the country.

“The Covid-19 cases started picking up in May especially in the rural areas and the agricultural activities were low during that period. It is a peak summer month and no crop is sown, no crop is harvested except little bit vegetables and some off-season crops,” he said.

Chand said, “Agriculture activities usually get high in March or till middle of April, after that, it comes down and again peaks with the arrival of monsoon.”

In an interview with the news agency PTI, he said, “So even if less availability of labour is there in the month of May till mid-June, I don’t think that will impact agriculture in anyway.”

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