Maharashtra government’s final decision on Friday to announce a night curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. in check out of a increasing range of Covid-19 situations has put the farming community in a stress. Even as the authorities has not put any constraints on agriculture pursuits, farmers who are now battered by unseasonal rains say that disruption in the financial cycle will affect them in a huge way.

“ For the duration of before lockdowns the authorities permitted seed, pesticide, fertiliser shops to stay open. Even other pursuits were permitted but sowing and harvesting pursuits were pricey affairs since of the shortage of labour. Also, pretty few farmers were ready to get their products and solutions immediately to the consumers as marketplaces were closed”, mentioned Yogesh Ugale, a farmer in Nashik. He fears that additional constraints or lockdowns will incur losses to compact onion farmers like him as institutions like places to eat and pupil hostels who obtain onions from him will halt shopping for during the lockdown.

Even as authorities claims that inter and intra Point out motion of farm equipment specially merged harvesters were facilitated, farmers say that they confronted significant challenges since of a variety of constraints put by the nearby authorities.

“Agricultural pursuits continued during before lockdowns but if lockdowns are imposed once again, it would be hard for us to survive. Many farmers are now reeling underneath loan burdens due to losses in floods and rains. We require some time to get well,” mentioned Baba Sawat, a farmer from Sangli.

Credit rating problems

The Union Agriculture Ministry told Lok Sabha just lately that during the first wave of Covid-19 pandemic, the authorities extended the date of renewal of limited term agriculture loans that experienced develop into due or would have develop into due between March 1, 2020 and August 3, 2020 up to August 21, 2020 with the commensurate benefit of two for each cent fascination subvention and 3 for each cent prompt repayment incentive up to extended date.

For the duration of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic (2021), the authorities extended the date of renewal of the limited term agriculture loan which experienced develop into due or would have develop into due between March 1, 2021 and June thirty, 2021 up to June thirty, 2021 with the commensurate benefit of two for each cent fascination subvention and 3 for each cent prompt repayment incentive up to extended date.

“There is a large range of farmers who are out of institutional credit history program. Also, those people who are aspect of the formal credit history program are not in a situation to repay loans. Affliction in rural spots is now bad and it would develop into worse if lockdown is imposed. The overall economy of the region mainly relies upon on agriculture and allied pursuits and Covid has now disturbed our financial cycle. Farmers are not in a situation to deal with a different lockdown,” claims Sunanda Kharate, a farmer from Osmanabad.

Sugarcane cutters

New constraints by the Point out authorities have also panicked sugarcane cutters in western Maharashtra. “The authorities has began imposing constraints and these constraints could raise. The sugarcane period is nonetheless on and we really don’t know if we have to return back again to our villages,” claims Tukaram, a sugarcane cutter operating in Mhaisal. For the duration of the previous Covid-19 wave sugarcane cutters continue to work as they feared shedding the work and revenue.