March 30, 2020

Agriculture, farming and allied activities have been exempted from the nationwide lockdown.


  • The decision has been taken with a view to address problems being faced by the farming community in the harvesting of their crops and transporting foodgrains to the mandis.

  • This will also ensure uninterrupted harvesting of crops.

Under the 2nd Addendum issued by the Union Home Ministry the following categories have been exempted from the lockdown:

  • Agencies engaged in procurement of agriculture products, including MSP operations;

  • ‘Mandis’ operated by the Agriculture Produce Market Committee or as notified by the State Government;

  • Farming operations by farmers and farm workers in the field;

  • ‘Custom Hiring Centres (CHC)’ related to farm machinery;

  • Manufacturing and packaging units of fertilisers, pesticides and seed; &

  • Intra and Inter-State movement of harvesting and sowing related machines like combined harvester and other agriculture/horticulture implements