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The fear of Covid is making a large number of people approach organic farmers in the state. The demand for organic vegetables, jaggery made from organically-grown sugarcane and other products like wheat, basmati, pulses and millets has risen. To increase their immunity against the coronavirus, people now have turned to organic products.
“Several business class people have approached me and asked me about growing organic vegetables. They say that they don’t want to feel helpless in the future too. Having a strong immune system is the only solution to this Covid problem. So, if they eat healthy, they would have good immunity to deal with such health issues,” said Kamaljit Hayer from Muktsar district who has been doing organic farming for long.
The demand has increased so much that the organic farmers from districts like Hoshiarpur and Nawanshahr have been seeking permission from the administration to deliver vegetables and jaggery at the doorsteps of the customers.
A woman farmer from Hoshiarpur Manjit Kaur said she was getting several calls daily since the lockdown was announced. She used to come to Jalandhar every Sunday to sell organic vegetables. “My customers do not want to buy vegetables or any other products from market. There is a fear that at this point, everyone should eat organic things that are grown without any insecticide or pesticide,” she said adding that customers had been placing bulk orders so that they did not have to go out amid the lockdown.