Ministry issues SOP for sowing of kharif crops 

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Farmers asked to follow guidelines 

  • Transplanting of paddy and vegetables are labour-intensive activities.  
  • Hence, it is important to strictly follow guidelines on social distancing, sanitizing and wearing masks. 
  • Workers should wash their hands, legs and face with soap when coming out of the field for meal or rest, it added. 
  • For preparing land for sowing of kharif crops, the ministry said, farmers should minimise labour and use tractor.  
  • Farmers should use seed-cum-fertiliser drills and reduce the number of workers in the field. 
  • As per the SOP, social distancing and sanitization norms should be followed during field preparation, sowing and fertiliser application. 
  • Maintain social distance of atleast 1-2 metre during farm operations. Workers should be assigned separate duties with regard to farm activities. 

Sanitisation important 

  • All farm equipment from seed drill, plough to tractor should be sanitized before use.  
  • Those working in the farm field should wear masks or cover their face with three layers of “chunnis, gamchha or towel,” it added.  
  • Each worker should have a separate utensil and clean it with soap after use, the SOP said. 
  • Burn or bury in soil empty packets of pesticides. Sun dry empty bags of seeds, fertilisers for two days for re-use. 
  • It also advised that farmers take bath and wash clothes with soap and sundry after the day’s work. 
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