Farm activities exempted from lockdown rules to ensure food security: Tomar
"At this critical time, the exemptions have been given for agriculture related activities to ensure enough food supply to the people after the lockdown. It is also done to ensure ordinary citizens and farmers do not face problems," Tomar said in a statement.
To ensure that farmers do not face problems in harvesting, the Centre has directed concerned ministries and state governments to follow the exemptions strictly, he added.Tomar said exemptions for farm activities were given after he raised the concerns of farmers and farm organisation with the Home Ministry.
The government has allowed fertiliser shops to function, and even manufacturing and packaging of fertilisers, pesticides and seeds have been permitted during the lockdown period.Inter and intra movement of farm machinery related to sowing and harvesting is also exempted from the lockdown rules. LUX ANUANU
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