R Ramakumar
Professor, School of Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Mar 2022, 77
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● Indias Agricultural Economy during the Covid-19 Lockdown: An Empirical Assessment
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This paper is an analysis of Indias agricultural economy through the first 21 months of the Covid-19 pandemic. While the Indian economy shrank during the pandemic, the agricultural sector grew at more than 3 per cent per annum. Yet, most independent assessments of the agricultural sector reveal a state of distress. How can this paradox be explained? To answer this question, the paper uses empirical information to understand the shifts in production, trade, supply chains, prices, credit flows, rural employment and rural incomes during the lockdown. The objective is toarrive at a rounded evaluation of the pandemics impact on the agricultural economy.

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