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Guidelines for farmers and farming sector during lockdown period due to COVID-19

  • Simple measures include social distancing, maintaining personal hygiene by washing of hands with soap, wearing of face mask, protective clothing and cleaning of implements and machinery.

  • Workers to follow safety measures and social distancing at each and every step in the entire process of field operations. 

  • Precautions and safety measures of workers engaged in repair, maintenance and harvesting operation is to be ensured

  • Measures of personal hygiene and social distancing to be followed by those engaged in executing the field operation.  In case of manual field operations of accomplish the operation in 4-5 feet spaced strips assigning one strip to one person. This will ensure adequate spacing between the engaged labours. 

  • All the persons engaged should use masks and ensure hand washing with shop at reasonable· intervals. 

  • Maintain safe distance of 3-4 feet during rest, taking of meals, transfer of produce at collection point, loading/unloading. 

  • Stagger the field operations wherever possible and avoid engaging more number of persons onthe same day. 

  • Engage only familiar persons to the extent possible and after reasonable enquiry as to avoid the entry of any suspect or likely carrier during field activity.

  • Prefer mechanized operations over the manual wherever feasible. Only the essential numbers of persons should be allowed to accompany the machine.  All machines should be sanitized at the entry point and at regular intervals.

  • Proper sanitation and cleanliness should be maintained especially when machines are shared and used by farmer groups. Copious washing of machine parts frequently touched with soap is advised.

  • Adequate pre-cautions to be taken for storage of produce at the farm in jute bags that are made available in sufficient numbers to farmers or in nearby cold storages/ godowns / warehouses, if needed for better price realization 

  • Adequate personal safety measures to be taken for loading and transporting of farm produce and while participating in sale at market yards/ auction platforms  Seed producer farmers are permitted to transport to seed companies with supporting documents and to follow precautions while receiving payments .

  • Seed processing/packaging plants and transportation of seed from seed producing states to  growing states (South to north) is essential to make available seed for ensuing kharif crops eg. SSG seed for green fodder for sowing in April in north comes from southern states