332 tonnes of Fruits Transported
It was a momentous occasion when South India’s First “Kisan Rail” was flagged off from Anantapur (Andhra Pradesh) to Adarsh Nagar (New Delhi) on 9th September, 2020.
The newly introduced Kisan Rail starts from Anantapur Railway Station in Andhra Pradesh and goes up to Adarsh Nagar Station in New Delhi.
Mr Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj GoI and AP’ chief minister Mr Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, flagged off the Inaugural Kisan Rail through Video Link.
Totalling 332 tonnes the rake was loaded with 14 parcel vans of which 4 vans load was for Nagpur while 10 Vans load was for Adarsh Nagar.
Introduced for the benefit of farmers the inaugural Kisan Rail was loaded with fruits such as Tomatoes, Bananas, Sweet Oranges, Papaya, Muskmelons and Mangoes.
The train between Anantapur and New Delhi covers a distance of 2150 Kms and takes approximately 40 hours to connect the two regions.
It was informed that more than 80% of the 58 lakh MT of fruits & vegetables in the district is marketed out of the state, particularly to the north Indian States of Delhi, UP, Punjab and Haryana among others. Earlier this was being transported by roadways which was not only time taking but also leading to reduction in price realisation of the farmers due to enroute damages.
The Kisan Rail was announced in the budget. Transportation by railway provides a safe, reliable and fast transportation which will aid in better price realisation for the farmers and thereby helping in better incomes for the farmers and traders stated an official release.