Connecting the farmers to the agricultural markets, the primary Kisan Rail was flagged off from Andhra Pradesh, on Wednesday, carrying 322 tonnes of recent fruits to the Azadpur Mandi in Delhi. Union Minister for Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy flagged off the Kisan Rail by way of video hyperlink from New Delhi and Amaravati.
Union Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi, Anantapuramu MP T Rangaiah, senior Railways officer Gajanan Mallya, Anantapuramu District Collector Gandham Chandrudu and others joined the occasion.
The Kisan Rail comes as a boon to farmers, notably these rising horticultural crops, because it ensures the produce reaches the markets rapidly. “This provides immense advantages to the farmers in some ways. Big portions might be transported in a single go, the transportation time is diminished, prices are minimize and losses are additionally minimal,” Collector Chandrudu instructed information company PTI.
Within the current system of transportation by vans, post-harvest losses of about 25 per cent have been inflicting a lack of Rs 300 crore a yr to the farmers. “We will now get rid of this as cargo by Kisan Rail will hold the produce intact and fetch a premium worth. In addition to erasing the loss because of transportation damages, farmers may also stand to realize Rs 400 crore yearly by realizing a premium worth on their produce,” Mr Chandrudu added.
Anantapuramu in Andhra Pradesh is taken into account because the ”fruit bowl” of the state, the place the cropped space beneath horticulture is over two lakh hectares. Whereas consumption of fruit and veggies throughout the state is barely round six lakh tonnes, the remainder is marketed throughout the nation and overseas.
“Candy oranges, bananas, mangoes, papayas, pomegranates and melons are our main produce they usually have an excellent market in Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, UP, West Bengal, Gujarat and Karnataka. Most of those fruits are additionally exported to Bangladesh, Nepal and Center East nations,” the Collector stated.
In line with plan, the Kisan Rail will run as soon as every week now however because the harvesting picks up after October, the frequency could also be elevated based mostly on the demand.