New Delhi, Apr 28: Wheat harvesting across the country is continuing at a brisk pace amidst the COVID-19 lockdown. SOP related to crop harvesting and threshing during Kharif 2020 are being adhered to by the farmers and workers.
The Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, has circulated the SOP to the States for compliance in order to protect health of farmers and farm workers and to contain the spread of coronavirus, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare said in a statement on Tuesday. As reported by the States about 98-99 per cent of wheat crop has been harvested in Madhya Pradesh, 92-95 per cent in Rajasthan, 85-88 per cent in Uttar Pradesh, 55-60 per cent in Haryana, 60-65 per cent in Punjab and 87-88 per cent in other States.
The procurement of pulses and oilseeds at MSP from farmers under the Price Support Scheme (PSS) scheme in Rabi 2020-21 season is currently in progress in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.
To facilitate the farmers to procure choice planting material for the ensuing planting season, the NHB has uploaded this information on the website (www.nhb.gov.in). (UNI)