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Freight transportation of notified fruits & vegetables by Kisan Rail subsidised by 50 pc


As a further support and incentive to farmers using the services of Kisan Rail, the Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Food Processing Industries have decided that the 50% subsidy on transportation of notified fruits and vegetables (under ‘Operation Greens – TOP to Total’ scheme of MoFPI) shall be granted directly to Kisan Rail – for which MoFPI will provide necessary funds to the Ministry of Railways.


This subsidy has become applicable for Kisan Rail trains with effect from 14.10.2020.


Eligible items under subsidy:


Fruits - Mango, Banana, Guava, Kiwi, Litchi, Papaya, Mousambi, Orange, Kinnow, Lime, Lemon,  Pineapple, Pomegranate, Jackfruit, Apple, Almond, Aonla, Passion fruit and Pear.


Vegetables - French Beans, Bitter Gourd, Brinjal, Capsicum, Carrot, Cauliflower, Chillies (Green), Okra, Cucumber, Peas, Garlic, Onion, Potato and Tomato.


Any other fruit/vegetable can be added in future on the basis of recommendation by the Ministry of Agriculture or state government, said a release.


Kisan Rail ensures that agro products reach from one corner of the country to another in quick time through faster transportation, benefitting both farmers and consumers. Catering to the requirements of small farmers and small traders, it is proving to be not only a game changer but also a life changer as it fulfils the endeavour of increasing the income of farmers.


Kisan Rail is surely changing the lives of farmers with the assurance of better price with faster and cheaper transportation, providing seamless supply chain and preventing the destruction of perishable farm produce, thereby opening up the scope to increase the income of farmers.


Status of Kisan Rail


* The first Kisan Rail, ex Devlali (Nashik, Maharashtra) to Danapur (Patna, Bihar) was inaugurated on 07.08.2020 as a weekly train. Subsequently, on popular demand, the train has been extended to Muzaffarpur (Bihar) and has also been made bi-weekly. In addition, link coaches – from Sangli and Pune – have also been introduced which join the Kisan Rail at Manmad.


* The second Kisan Rail – from Anantapur (Andhra Pradesh) to Adarsh Nagar Delhi – was inaugurated on 09.09.2020 as a weekly train.


* The third Kisan Rail – from Bengaluru (Karnataka) to Hazrat Nizamuddin (Delhi) – was inaugurated on 09.09.2020 as a weekly train.


* The fourth Kisan Rail – from Nagpur and Warud Orange City (Maharashtra) to Adarsh Nagar Delhi – was inaugurated on 14.10.2020.


The Railways is continuously making efforts to move agro products through freight trains. Even during the lockdown, freight trains were moving to ensure continuous supply of essential commodities so that no part of the country faced any hardship. There has been significant improvement in the loading of crops like wheat, pulses, fruits and vegetables with more rakes, the release added.

 

Source: Exim Newsa Service: New Delhi, Oct. 15

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