Sunday, August 1, 2021

Kisan Rails: Transporting food and vegetables

Indian Railways is working on a mission mode to provide all the essential requirements across the country. From oxygen express to Kisan Rails, the multi-gauge and multi-traction system of Indian Railways is fulfilling the need of the hour.


By encouraging transportation through rail, Indian Railways is actively working with the government to raise incomes in the farm sector. With the introduction of Kisan Rails, farmers are getting nationwide access to Indian markets. Till now, Kisan Rails have successfully carried 2.7 lakh tonnes of consignment.

To plan the rollout of Kisan Rail services across the country, Railways have been relentlessly pursuing the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, various departments of State governments, local bodies and agencies.

Let’s get to know the important services that Kisan Rails deliver.

From production or surplus regions to consumption or deficient regions, Kisan Rails enables the movement of perishables including fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, fishery and dairy products. The main crops/farm produce transported via Kisan Rail train include oranges, onion, potato, banana, mango, tomato, pomegranate, custard apple, capsicum, chikoo and carrot. It also provides speedy movement and ensures minimum damage during transit.

Kisan Rails help the farmers to utilize the vast railway network and gain access to distant, bigger and more lucrative markets. For transportation of fruits and vegetables, 50 percent subsidy is given in freight by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries under the ‘Operation Greens – TOP to Total’ scheme. Since the introduction of this subsidy scheme, an amount of Rs 52.38 crore approx has been disbursed as subsidy through Kisan Rail.

Due to reduction in transportation time and costs, end-consumers are able to receive fresher produce at cheaper prices.

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