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Increase in Covid-19 positive cases

GOA: After a bumpy start to the crop production season due to lockdown restrictions and the current spurt increase in Covid positive cases, farmers and experts have mixed reactions to the upcoming harvesting stage.

While arecanut farmers have felt the brunt of the fungal infections from rains on their crop, grain and horticulture farmers are a little more optimistic about their produce that weathered the season. Using equipment like coconut climbers, mechanised harvesters and ensuring social distancing, farmers are readying for the harvest season during the pandemic.

“The harvest of Rabi crops, besides cashew and mango was successfully done by farmers during the lockdown. Now for paddy they will have to rent harvester machines for the harvesting. One of the perks of mechanised harvesting is that the cost of labour comes down,” director of ICAR-Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute, EB Chakurkar said.

The News24 Goa