Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic and its containment measures on food security, agriculture and agriculture extension in India

Abstract


Suresh Kishanrao*

Covid -19 Pandemic effects on affected individuals and their families, social and economic implications of home isolation, hospitalization, social distancing, and containment measure like use of masks, frequent handwashing, keeping safe distance and cough etiquettes, multiple lockdowns and local restrictions including sealing of apartment complexes and villages, posed a significant risk to Indian household food security in last 15 months. The pandemic exhibited the crude phenomenon of the fragile living of over 100 million migrant workers, daily wage earners, vegetable and flower vendors, some middle-income contractual workers as they either lost their jobs or had cut in the income. They had to take loans if there was a hospitalized Covid 19 patient in the family. Many daily wage earners had to walk miles on empty stomachs as the city transports were disrupted. Even the Indian national managers of the pandemic did not foresee such a situation.

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