India’s first Kisan rail was run between Maharashtra and Bihar on the 7th of August this year. The primary aim of this Kisan Rail is to double the income of farmers in our country by 2022.
‘Indian Railways aims to help double farmers income with the launch of Kisan Rail.’
This train will help in bringing perishable agricultural products like vegetables, fruits to the market in a short period of time.
The train with frozen containers is expected to build a seamless national cold supply chain for perishables, inclusive of fish, meat and milk.
The initiative was announced in Budget 2020.
First ever Kisan rail in South India:
The first-ever ‘Kisan Rail’ of South India chugged off from Andhra Pradesh to New Delhi.
The train started from Ananthapur railway station and left to Adarsh Nagar station in Delhi.
అనంతపురం నుంచి న్యూఢిల్లీకి కిసాన్ రైలు ప్రారంభోత్సవం. తాడేపల్లి నుంచి, ఢిల్లీ నుంచి జెండా ఊపి రైలును ప్రారంభించిన సీఎం శ్రీ వైఎస్ జగన్, కేంద్రమంత్రులు.
ఢిల్లీ నుంచి కార్యక్రమంలో పాల్గొన్న కేంద్ర రైల్వే శాఖ సహాయమంత్రి సురేష్ అంగడి, కేంద్ర వ్యవసాయశాఖ మంత్రి నరేంద్రసింగ్ తోమర్ pic.twitter.com/Mb4niSoWOc
— CMO Andhra Pradesh (@AndhraPradeshCM) September 9, 2020
The train carried 322 tonnes of fruits and fresh vegetables. The train was virtually flagged off by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar and Minister of State for Railways Suresh Chanabasappa Angadi.
Here’s what this means to farmers:
Ananthpur collector Gandham Chandrudu said,
This gives immense benefits to the farmers in many ways. Huge quantities can be transported in one go, the transportation time is reduced, costs are cut and losses are also minimal,”
‘In the existing system of transportation by trucks, post-harvest losses of about 25 per cent were causing a loss of ₹ 300 crore a year to the farmers.’
“We can now eliminate this as shipment by Kisan Rail will keep the produce intact and fetch a premium price. Besides erasing the loss due to transportation damages, farmers can also stand to gain ₹ 400 crore annually by realizing a premium price on their produce.”
Current Kisan Rail is carrying 322 tonnes of papaya, sweet lime, mangoes, banana, musk melon, and tomatoes in 13 bogies.
Anantapuramu in Andhra Pradesh is considered as the ”fruit bowl” of the state, where the cropped area under horticulture is over two lakh hectares.
While consumption of fruits and vegetables within the state is only around six lakh tonnes, the rest is marketed across the country and abroad.
According to plan, the Kisan Rail will run once a week now but as the harvesting picks up after October, the frequency may be increased based on the demand.
Hoping that this helps out hard-working Indian farmers.
If you wish to contribute, mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org