Chad Lifts COVID-19 Restrictions Against Movements Of Farmers

The Chadian government decided on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, on “an exceptional derogation to adapt the restrictions on circulation in favour of actors within the agricultural sector”.

Actors within the agriculture sector are henceforth free to move unhindered within the country based on the decision. This follows similar measures which include the reopening of commercial activities in the country.

In Chad, the rainy season which has already started in the middle belt of the country is progressively extending towards the north of the country.

This year, the agricultural season started within the context of the novel coronavirus pandemic and in order to curtail the propagation of COVID-19, government imposed restrictive measures, especially inter-urban movements.

“On the eve of the agricultural season, the government has announced measures to accompany actors within the agricultural sector, one of the hubs of the national economy.

“Thus, on instructions of the head of state, it has been decided to adapt the restrictions on the circulation of persons to the necessary mobility of farmers, producers and workers within the agricultural sector,” a government official who elected for anonymity because he is not permitted to talk on behalf of government told HumAngle in N’Djamena on Tuesday.

The government’s action follows the realisation that many farmers and workers in the agricultural sector have been blocked in urban centres because of the government imposed measures limiting the movement of people between towns.

Most urban dwellers owning farms in the rural areas have been finding it difficult to leave their houses for their farms in the villages.

With the lifting of the restrictions, the rural populations would have an amount of liberty to move.

Meanwhile, President Idris Debby, on Tuesday signed Decree No.1017 extending the curfew in the country by two weeks.

This is the fourth time the curfew is being extended within the big provinces of Chad, including the two Logones and the two Mayo Kebbi provinces as well as the national capital, N’Djamena.

The measure comes as a complement to the anti-COVID-19 restrictions already in place in the country.

The COVID-19 statistics in Chad as at Tuesday evening stood at: confirmed cases , 700, recovered cases, 303, and fatalities 62.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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