Every year, the usual challenges that farmers across country face include low rainfall and infertility of crops. However, the covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown only added to their worries. It threatened livelihood of farmers across the country, by disrupting supply chains and increasing financial instability among farmers.
Doma Fakirappa and his wife, who are farmers from Kodangal constituency in Telangana,have borne the brunt of the pandemic. The recent downpour in his area, has only added to his woes.
The two, who have been farmers all their lives are not just toiling in their two acre land but also doubling up as oxen due to lack of money to buy cattle.
Fakirappa, who took a loan and planted lentils on his two-acre farm, has been facing a severe financial burden after most of the crop got destroyed due to recent rains and weeds.
Unable to afford to hire help or cattle, he and his wife decided to plough out the weeds and save whatever crop is left on the farm themselves. Fakirappa says any help from the government will save his family.