are bearing the brunt of the crash in demand because of the lockdown," the study said.
Grape and mango exports have also come to a halt. A positive outcome of this is that fruits are 10 per cent cheaper in the domestic markets
despite an 85 per cent fall in arrivals.
Harvesting of agricultural crops was delayed due to non-availability of labour following reverse migration of jobless workers to Bihar, Uttar Pradesh
and West Bengal.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic came to light, the government of India ordered closure of factories, offices and transports. Consequently, farmers
habe not been able to transport their produce to mandis. Also, the state governments across the country ordered closure of mandis which prevented farmers to sell their produce and left huge quantities of rabi crops especially horticulture rotting in the fields.
With the mandis have started opening gradually with social distancing, the situation is likely to get normal in the weeks to come after the second phase of nationwide lockdown ends on May 3 after the three weeks of first phase on April 15.
Meanwhile, farmers are selling their produces at a dirt cheap price due to unavailabilty of transport system to mandis, consumers pay higher price on supply shortage.