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    Agriculture-farming, allied activities exempted from lockdown to ensure uninterrupted crop harvest

    Published on March 28, 2020

    Agriculture-farming and allied activities have been exempted from the  lockdown. The decision has been taken with a view to address problems being faced by the farming community. This will also ensure uninterrupted harvesting of crops. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has been constantly monitoring issues related to the farmers ever since the lockdown was enforced. He was apprised of the difficulties the farmers could face in the harvesting of their crops and transporting food grains to the mandis. The decision will also allow unhindered harvesting of crops. .

    Under the 2nd Addendum issued by the Union Home Ministry the categories that have been exempted from the lockdown are : Agencies engaged in procurement of agriculture products, including MSP operations;  Mandis operated by the Agriculture Produce Market Committee or as notified by the State Government, farming operations by farmers and farm workers in the field, Custom Hiring Centres  related to farm machinery; Manufacturing and packaging units of fertilizers, pesticides and seed and  Intra and Inter-State movement of harvesting and sowing related machines like combined harvester and other agriculture and horticulture implements