Mumbai City News
MUMBAI : The state’s Kisan Rail is a success with the farmers throughout Maharashtra and has contributed in the direction of rising his revenue throughout Covid pandemic. The Central Railway on Sunday introduced that frequency of Kisan Rail shall be elevated from weekly to bi-weekly.
Said CR basic supervisor Sanjeev Mittal : “The Kisan Rail flagged off recently, is changing the lives of farmers in the state with assurance of better price with faster and cheaper transportation, providing seamless supply chain, preventing the destruction of perishable farm produce — thereby increasing income.”
On its third journey on August 21, Kisan Rail from Devlali to Muzaffarpur carried 235 tonnes of items from Maharashtra which included agro produce consisting of Pomegranate, Lemon, Cauliflower, fish, Mixed greens, chillies, Capsicum, ginger, Onions, garlic & eggs.
“Having loaded the farm produce at Belvandi station of Solapur Division for the first time, the farmer groups were elated and offered thanks to Railway ministry for running this special train to transport perishable goods to different parts of the country,” mentioned CR chief spokesperson Shivaji Sutar. “Prior to Kisan Rail, they were depending on road transport. Further, the farmers group is hopeful that this new facility will definitely encourage many farmers to bring more produce like vegetables, grapes and other items to be transported from now on,” he acknowledged.
Kisan Rail was introduced within the Union Budget 2020-21 to construct a seamless nationwide chilly provide chain for perishables, inclusive of milk, meat and fish.
“This Kisan Rail catering to the requirements of small farmers and small traders will prove to be not only a game changer,” mentioned Sutar, including, “Central Railway through its Business Development Unit is aggressively marketing with local farmers, loaders, APMC and individuals and aggregating their demands. The running of Kisan special from Kolhapur – Devlali – Muzaffarpur having stoppages at many stations enroute will bring prosperity to farmers of various states across the nation.”