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Covid pandemic has caused massive disruption to Indian agriculture

According to a study published in PLOS Sustainability and Transformation by Lindsay Jaacks at The University of Edinburgh, Midlothian, United Kingdom, Abhishek Jain at the Council on Energy, Environment, and Water, New Delhi, India, and colleagues, while Covid-19 disrupted agricultural labor, supply chains, and farmers' access to credit and markets, the pandemic did not significantly push Indian farmers to adopt more sustainable cultivation practices.

Despite the fact that agriculture employs over half of the Indian population, the effects of the pandemic on agricultural methods have not been adequately recorded.

According to the study, 84% of farmers reported no change in crop type, and 66% reported no change in fertilizer or pesticide use.

"Despite disruptions to agri-food supply chains during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India, and about one in every five farmers in our national sample reporting COVID-19 symptoms in the past month," Jaacks says. "the vast majority of farmers continued with prevailing cropping patterns."


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