COVID-19 Impact on Farm Households in Punjab, Pakistan: Analysis of Data from a Cross-Sectional Survey
Publication | August 2020
This brief sets out survey findings from Punjab, Pakistan on how the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has affected farmers and highlights respondents’ policy priorities.
A key issue raised is that higher prices for farm inputs threaten the forthcoming rice crop. The brief also notes that vegetable and fruit growers have been severely affected by market closures and restricted movement of goods and that milk producers have seen prices and sales fall. Survey respondents prioritized four policy suggestions as follows: (i) ensure price stability for agricultural produce, (ii) ease loan repayment conditions or provide loan waivers, (iii) remove restrictions on marketing produce, and (iv) ensure the availability of agricultural inputs.