Srinagar, May 18: Realising that Coronavirus is a reality one has to live with, the farmers have resumed their agriculture activities for Kharif season in the Kashmir valley, where planting paddy saplings is on in the absence of outsider labourers.
Meanwhile, the agriculture department is trying to minimise the adverse effects of Covid pandemic and encouraging farmers to continue with cultivation of rice, maize, wheat, oil seeds, saffron, pulses, pea and oats during rabi and kharief seasons. The Department is also promoting Kitchen Garden Scheme and provide quality vegetable seedlings to the growers which, besides fulfilling domestic requirement, could create surplus vegetables to be dispatched to other markets.
The government has allowed farmers to resume their agriculture activities for the Kharif season and the agriculture department had issued advisory urging farmers to wear face masks, gloves and maintain social distance while working in the fields. Despite facing shortage of labourers in the absence of outside workers, who stayed away due to COVID-19, the farmers, including women, could be seen busy planting paddy saplings in the fields across the Kashmir valley. (UNI)