The Aftermath of COVID-19 ON Food and Agrisector

Impact of COVID-19

Authors

  • Divya Tripathi Institute of Home economics
  • Tanya garg Institute of home economic, Delhi university
  • Muskan Sindher Institute of Home economics

Keywords:

COVID-19, food and agriculture sector, food insecurity, food supply chain

Abstract

Coronaviruses are the large family of viruses which may cause illness and respiratory infection ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and was discovered recently in Wuhan, China, December 2019. The main focus of this paper is its impact on Food and Agriculture Sector as food is one of the basic necessities of a person and also this sector contributes to a large portion of our country’s economy. Due to COVID-19, 30% of the Indian population is currently suffering from food unavailability and food scarcity. This paper highlights the effect of the pandemic on the three basic pillars of the food industry that are raw materials availability, production of goods, and marketing of the finished product. These are required to run a factory efficiently. During the COVID-19 situation, the raw material availability abruptly stopped which causes the production to stand still and markets were closed which caused a huge loss. This paper also emphasizes various consequences due to the pandemic on different food industries such as the dairy industry, fruits, and vegetable industry, meat and poultry industry, fisheries, and aquaculture. The preventive measures adopted by the country which include border closures, quarantines, and trade disruption had limited the people’s access to the sources of food and thus increased the risk of food crises shortly. In the future, food industries have to come up with some new protocols to live in this NEW NORMAL WORLD with more focus on Artificial Intelligence including minimal human contact with proper sanitation and hygiene practices.

 

Author Biographies

Divya Tripathi, Institute of Home economics

 

 

 

Tanya garg, Institute of home economic, Delhi university

 

 

Muskan Sindher, Institute of Home economics

 

 

 

References

Food and Agriculture Organisation, UN,

Food Safety and Standard Authority of India

WHO

Ministry of health and family welfare

Agricultural and processed food products export development authority (APEDA)

Published

2020-06-28

How to Cite

[1]
Divya Tripathi, Tanya garg, and Muskan Sindher, “The Aftermath of COVID-19 ON Food and Agrisector: Impact of COVID-19”, FASJ, vol. 1, no. 2, Jun. 2020.