Opinion | Farmers may not be infected but are certainly affected
Strict measures of social distancing may be crucial to curb the spread of Covid-19, but ignoring the farm sector and farmers would be a grave mistake
The Covid-19 pandemic is probably the biggest threat to health that people across the globe are facing. More than the threat to health is the challenge it poses to the global economy. The chief of International Monetary Fund said, “The global economy has now entered a recession that could be as bad or worse than the 2009 downturn". Several countries are working tirelessly to save their citizens through announcing the economic packages to keep their economies afloat. The panic from the outbreak is so intense that the supply chains of even the agriculture sector that provides food - the most fundamental need of every human being - have been curbed. The lockdown imposed in several countries is essential to maintain social distancing and help flatten the curve. While imposing these policies, overlooking the agriculture sector could turn out to be the biggest blunder.