In the budget 2020, a new offering was made in the form of Kisan Rail. The train that connects farmers to markets and consumers. The Corona crisis has not deterred the government from implementing the scheme. Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal on August 7, 2020 has flagged off the first Kisan train through video conference.
The Kisan train started off from Deolali in Maharashtra’s Nashik and will reach Danapur in Bihar at 6.45 pm on August 8. It covers more than 1,500 kms. It is carrying vegetables and fruits. Kisan trains are mainly for moving perishable goods. The Kisan train service which is expected to be further expanded to other regions in the days to come will have frozen containers to build a seamless national cold supply chain for perishables, inclusive of fish, meat and milk.
First Kisan Train – How It is Facilitating Market Access
Bhusawal Division of Central Railway is primarily an agro-based division. Nasik and surrounding region produce huge quantity of fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, other perishables, onions and other agro products. These perishables are mainly transported to areas around Patna, Prayagraj, Katni, Satna etc.
This train has been provided scheduled halts at Nasik Road, Manmad, Jalgaon, Bhusaval, Burhanpur, Khandwa, Itarsi, Jabalpur, Satna, Katni, Manikpur, Prayagraj Chheoki, Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay Nagar and Buxar.
As the statement from the Ministry of Railways reads, “Indian Railways have earlier run single commodity special trains like Banana Specials etc. But this will be the first ever multi commodity trains and will carry fruits like Pomegranate, Banana, Grapes etc and vegetables like Capsicum, Cauliflower, Drumsticks, Cabbage, Onion,Chillies etc. Aggressive marketing is being done with local farmers, loaders, APMC and individuals. Demand is being aggregated. It is expected that the train will be patronised well and will be a great help to the farmers, as freight of this train will be charged as per parcel tariff of normal train.”
किसान हित में महाराष्ट्र के देवलाली से बिहार के दानापुर के बीच आज देश की पहली #KisanRail का शुभारंभ किया गया।
यह ट्रेन दूध, फल, सब्जी जैसी जल्दी खराब हो जाने वाली चीजों को बाजार तक जल्दी पहुंचाने के साथ ही नैशनल कोल्ड सप्लाई चेन को बनाने में महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका निभायेगी। pic.twitter.com/AgCivF3EBQ
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) August 7, 2020