First Kisan Rail from South India flagged off to Delhi with fruits
An opportunity for farmers to get good income
The horticulture farmers, who grows lemon, papaya, pomegranate and others generally worries about their products and to get good income. But most of the farmers are being looted by the middlemen as the middlemen buy the fruits at lesser price from the farmers and sell them at higher price in near by the markets. If the farmers have an opportunity to reach the huge markets places, they would have earn good income, but so far there are no such chances. Now the Chief minister of Andhrapradesh initiates to run a special train to from a fruit growing area to big market like Delhi. This becomes a boon for the farmers to earn good income and to find out a better place to sell their products.
On Wednesday the first-ever ‘Kisan Rail’ of South India started from Anantapur Railway Station on carrying 322 tonnes of fruits and vegetables to Adarsh Nagar in Delhi after it was virtually flagged off by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar and Minister of State for Railways Suresh Chanabasappa Angadi.
This is a step towards doubling the income of farmers by 2022 and fulfilment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise made in the Union Budget, said Mr. Tomar, and announced that ‘Kisan Udaan’ sending horticulture and agriculture produce by flights would soon begin from the North Eastern States.
The central government is committed to investing ₹1 lakh crore in the agriculture infrastructure, he added. YS Jagan and Anantapur MP T.Rangaiah requested the Railway Ministry to reduce the freight fares. On this occasion Jagan said 15.6% of the country’s fruit production came from Andhra Pradesh as it is grown in 17.42 lakh hectares, but only 10 to 15% of the produce is consumed locally and the rest is sent either by road or sea. The state government had created the Market Intervention Fund and came to the rescue of farmers during the COVID-19 lockdown, the CM said. Current Kisan Rail is carrying 322 tonnes of papaya, sweet lime, mangoes, banana, musk melon, and tomatoes in 13 bogies. Evern the horticulture farmers, officials from Marketing, Agriculture, and Horticulture Department also moved to Delhi in another compartment.
Guntakal Divisional Railway Manager Alok Tiwari said currently the freight charges were ₹5,136 per tonne and a single train can take from a minimum of 150 MT to 460 MT depending on the demand. Anantapur MP Talari Rangaiah said 58 lakh tonnes of fruits were produced in the region and out of that only 6 lakh tonnes are consumed in a year and the district farmers were ready for utilising a train daily from October to send out their produce to Delhi, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram, and Kolkata. District Collector Gandham Chandrudu, Anantapur MLA Anantha Venkatarami Reddy, Hindupur MP Gorantla Madhav and other officials participated in the function at the railway station. If the attempt is success and farmers get good income, this type of more trains are expected to run from this region.