Amaravati/New Delhi, September 9
Connecting the farms to the agricultural markets, the primary ‘Kisan Rail’ from south India chugged off from Anantapuramu on Wednesday carrying 322 tonnes of recent fruits to the well-known Azadpur Mandi within the nationwide Capital.
Union Minister for Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy flagged off the inaugural Kisan Rail, the second within the nation, through a video hyperlink from New Delhi and Amaravati.
This prepare, loaded with 14 parcel vans, will cowl a distance of two,150 km in 40 hours.
Union Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi, Anantapuramu MP T Rangaiah, South Central Railway General Manager Gajanan Mallya, Anantapuramu district Collector Gandham Chandrudu, Guntakal Railway Division Manager Alok Tiwari and others joined the occasion.
The Kisan Rail comes as a boon to farmers, significantly these rising horticultural crops, because it ensures the produce reaches the markets in faster time.
“In Anantapuramu, vegatables and fruits are being grown in additional than 2 lakh hectare space, and the Kisan Rail will show very useful to farmers of this area.
Kisan Udaan service may also be began quickly,” Tomar mentioned on the inaugural occasion.
On August 7, the primary Kisan Rail was flagged off between Devlali in Maharashtra and Danapur in Bihar as a weekly service, which was later made bi-weekly on account of rising demand.
Now the second Kisan Rail will profit farmers of the states coming en route, he mentioned.
Kisan Rail and Kisan Udaan had been introduced on this yr’s funds in order that farm produce is ready to be transported everywhere in the nation in much less time, an official assertion quoted Tomar as having mentioned within the digital occasion.
Tomar additionally appreciated the implementation of the brand new agriculture ordinances and the Rs 1 lakh crore Agri Infrastructure Fund in Andhra Pradesh.
Noting that horticulture was an essential exercise within the state, the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister mentioned the state ranks first within the nation within the manufacturing of tomatoes, coconut, papaya and chillies and is the most important fruit producing state in South India.
“During the Covid-19 state of affairs, transportation of this horticultural produce to North India had turn into tough.
A variety of particular trains had been run from Anantapuramu to Mumbai throughout the lockdown in order that the horticultural produce might attain different elements of the nation,” he mentioned.
Union Minister of State for Railways mentioned Kisan Rail is being began to assist in the speedy transportation of farm produce to distant locations, in line with the objective of doubling farmers’ earnings.
“Farmers can now promote their produce wherever they get a greater value with out spoilage on account of discount in transportation time.
This facility may also assist in rising agricultural exports,” he added.
On the advantages of Kisan Rail, Collector Chandrudu advised PTI: “This offers immense advantages to the farmers in some ways.
Huge portions might be transported in a single go, the transportation time is diminished, prices are lower and transportation losses may also be minimal.”
In the prevailing system of transportation via vehicles, post-harvest losses of about 25 per cent had been inflicting a lack of about Rs 300 crore a yr to the farmers.
“We can now get rid of this as cargo via prepare will preserve the product intact and fetch a premium value.
Besides erasing the lack of Rs 300 crore (on account of transportation damages), farmers can even stand to achieve Rs 400 crore each year by realising a premium value on their produce,” Chandrudu famous.
Though in any other case a parched district, Anantapuramu is taken into account the ‘fruit bowl of Andhra Pradesh,’ the place the cropped space below horticulture is 2.02 lakh hectares, yielding an output of 58.39 lakh tonnes each year of varied vegatables and fruits.
While consumption of vegatables and fruits inside the state is barely round six lakh tonnes, the remaining is marketed throughout the nation and overseas.
“Sweet orange, banana, mango, papaya, pomegranate and melons are our main produce which have a very good market in Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, UP, West Bengal, Gujarat and Karnataka.
Our tomato, grapes, pomegranate, candy orange and banana are exported to Bangladesh, Nepal and Middle East international locations,” Chandrudu mentioned.
The Kisan Rail is deliberate to be run as soon as per week now however as harvesting picks up after October, the frequency could also be elevated from January primarily based on the demand. — PTI