It is assumed that there will be a shortage of vegetable availability in the upcoming months. As noted in Pune the farmers are loosing interest in planting vegetable crops amidst the pandemic.
This situation is causing a disturbance in processing and supply of seeds. This situation has come up due to heavy losses. This may lead to shortage of vegetable availability in June and July, said by trade insiders.
On the other side while the seed industry is trying its best to take help of the postal department it is still assumed a shortage of vegetable availability. That is to dispatch high value low volume vegetable seeds from a handful of production areas to rest of the country. Accross the country farmers are a little reluctant to sow vegetable seeds. This is after seeing their own crop rotting in the fields due to lockdown of the market.
“Plantation of tomato saplings has reduced by close to 80% as farmers do not want to take risk,” said Ajay Belhekar, a progressive farmer from Narayangaon. “They have already suffered heavy losses as they could not sell the vegetables due to the lockdown. With the coronavirus pandemic likely to prolong, they do not want to go for the labour-intensive vegetable crops,” he told ET.