Lack of demand has forced many betel leaf farmers to sell their produce for Rs 160 per basket and abandon the crops due to less demand.
The senior leader, aged 55, was the vice-president of Kadapa District Congress Committee and hails from Chilamkuru in Errakuntla mandal.
Infections among people of this age group increased after easing of lockdown curbs; 875 persons in the age group of 21 to 40 years tested positive for virus.
The district administration has stepped up surveillance on migrant workers returning from Koyambedu wholesale market in Chennai, which emerged as a hotspot for Covid-19.
Gowda said that post retirement, he is having doubts whether democracy is still functional in the State.