Assam farmers face loss of Rs 41 crore during coronavirus lockdown

Assam farmers face loss of Rs 41 crore during coronavirus lockdown

The ongoing nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus has severely impacted the farmers in Assam.

The farmers of the state have faced a huge loss worth around Rs 41 crore after they failed to sell their produce due to the lockdown.

Assam Agriculture Minister Atul Bora also admitted it and said that, due to lockdown, the farmers of the state have been facing huge losses.

"The cost of loss could be around Rs 40.80 crore. This year's vegetable production in the state is much more compared to the previous years. But due to lockdown, most of the farmers have failed to sell their produced vegetables in the markets. Our government is helping many farmers to sell their produces vegetables," Atul Bora said.

The Assam Agriculture minister also admitted that the state still has a shortage of cold storage facilities.

"There are 36 cold storages in the state and many of them from the private sectors. We have newly constructed two cold storages in the state," Atul Bora said.