Agriculture in COVID-19 Pandemic: The Indian Perspective
Agriculture is the backbone of the Indian economy, and like other agriculture-dependent countries, it offers jobs, income, and investment possibilities, as well as having direct and indirect effects on agriculture-related sectors and the rural nonfarm economy. However, much care must be taken to understand the elements impacting agriculture’s supply side and its different demand, which might be subject to large seasonal swings. Furthermore, given the diversity of Indian agriculture, policy prescriptions must be carefully crafted to account for the varied regional demands. Economic reforms did not directly assist the agricultural sector in the post-reform period, while there were indirect impacts from the implementation of economic reforms in off-farm activity. This research aims to investigate some of the important elements that contribute to agricultural growth in the Indian economy, as well as the performance of this sector during the COVID-19 pandemic and the current state of the concerned components in contributing to Indian agriculture during this era. This is critical because several international agencies believe the current epidemic will have a negative impact on the agriculture sector, particularly in poor nations.
Post Graduate Department of Economics, St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata, 30 Mother Teresa Sarani, Kolkata 700016, West Bengal, India.
Post Graduate Department of Biotechnology, St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata, 30 Mother Teresa Sarani, Kolkata 700016, West Bengal, India.