For Ramakrishnan, a tribal farmer carrying out millet farming at Soosanikkudy in Marayur in Kerala’s Idukki district, the Covid-induced lockdown has turned out to be a great company option in this year.
The improved output of millets such as Ragi, Maize, Thina (Foxtail millet), etcetera — which is all set for harvest in a month — in his tribal hamlets has identified prospective buyers in the open industry.
The expectation of a great crop has captivated a lot of natural farm producers. A two hundred-gm millet pack fetches a retail value of ₹40 in the industry, Ramakrishnan claimed.
The lockdown has pressured not only Ramakrishnan, but also farmers in other hamlets to raise output this year, who had feared a feasible foodstuff lack arising out of the pandemic. The unprecedented situation has resulted in a great generate, which is acquiring all set for harvest.
Farmers hope to double the usual