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    Farmers told to use machines for kharif sowing

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    “Farmers have been advised to use sanitised farm tools, keep a distance of 1-2 metres and cover nose and mouth with cloth or mask while working in the farm,” agriculture commissioner S K Malhotra, told ET.

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    New Delhi: The agriculture ministry has advised farmers to adopt mechanised farming to ensure minimum involvement of manpower in its standard operating procedure (SOP) for farm operations ahead of kharif sowing to help farmers prevent the spread Covid-19 infection.

    “Farmers have been advised to use sanitised farm tools, keep a distance of 1-2 metres and cover nose and mouth with cloth or mask while working in the farm,” agriculture commissioner S K Malhotra, told ET.

    He said farms should have arrangement to wash hands with clean water and soap. “All the clothes used for a day should not be worn next day. These clothes should be washed with soap and sun dried properly,” he said.

    Malhotra said farmers should go for mechanical paddy transplanting to reduce labour requirement and ensure timely sowing under the current situation of epidemic.
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    “Workers should wash hands, legs and face with soap every time coming out of field for meal or rest,” he said.
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    3 Comments on this Story

    Prasen Kumar Reddy Singi265 days ago
    This is how Governments function,they don't even know what is India,what is agriculture and how it is practiced,further don't even know financial capacity of farmers.These people make policies without knowing ground realities. Rural India is a different India and agriculture is still labour intensive further lands are in small segments,they depend on nature for survival, though they struggle day and night,in sun and rain with half empty stomachs, no one to take care of their health,they feed billions of people and also make India to earn foreign exchange.The farmers suffer from generation to generation with out progress, they are always hand to mouth.
    The Government talks of mechanization,do they know how many transplanters are available,what is its cost,can a small/marginal farmer can afford to buy or even if loaned can he afford to repay interest/principal,leave alone purchase can he afford even to rent if available.The mechanization is possible if Government arranges free of rent and cost of use.
    Social distancing and hygiene practices are not practical in rural setup,with illiterate,poor and poverty ridden people,it takes pretty long long time to convince, educate to live healthy.The Government will have to take initiative to conduct educative programmes and provide soaps and towels for the rural population for desired results.
    Brahmananda Reddy265 days ago
    Idea is good but in the present circumstances it is very difficult to implement the mechanisation as small farmers can't afford to buy mechinery.
    chinery.
    Raman 265 days ago
    Idiots .. where is the money to buy these machines now? Who all can get these machines now? How many more will get unemployed due to this lame govt order. The center under Modi is totally directionless and living in fools world.
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