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Dispatch 12 | India’s Farmers Fear Extension of Lockdown

Dispatch 12 | India’s Farmers Fear Extension of Lockdown

In this twelfth video dispatch in the StoriesAsia On the Road series, our reporters spent an evening with wheat and mustard farmers at Dhankot village in the northern Indian state of Haryana. The farmers said they may somehow delay the harvest for a few days. Still, if the government extends the ongoing 21-day lockdown in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic beyond April 14, they will suffer tremendous losses.

India has been under a curfew-like lockdown since March 24, 2020. This has severely impacted farmers across the country.

*** “On the Road” is a new series by StoriesAsia on the Coronavirus outbreak where we bring you stories that help you respond to this ongoing historic pandemic. Using their vehicles, StoriesAsia journalists will travel around to bring you stories of not just pain and suffering but also healing and heroism.

StoriesAsia, a collective of independent journalists from 16 South Asian and Southeast Asian countries, seeks to replace the present-day parade of faceless numbers with humanising narrative nonfiction – a largely ignored journalistic genre in the region.

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