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‘Kisan Rail’

  • Category
    Economy
  • Published
    6th Jan, 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the 100th run of Kisan Rail in Maharashtra with the objective to empower farmers of the country.

Context

Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the 100th run of Kisan Rail in Maharashtra with the objective to empower farmers of the country.

About

What is Kisan Rail?

  • The first Kisan Rail train service on the Indian Railways network was launched on 7 August 2020. The train runs between Devlali in Maharashtra and Danapur in the state of Bihar.
  • The Kisan Rail consists of 10 parcel vans as well as one luggage cum brake van and operates on a weekly basis.
  • The first-ever multi-commodity train service, the Kisan Rail carries vegetables such as cauliflower, capsicum, cabbage, drumsticks, chillies, onion, etc., as well as fruits like grapes, pomegranate, banana, etc.
  • Equipped with frozen containers, the Kisan Rail train service is building a seamless national cold supply chain of meat, milk, and fish.

Key-highlights

  • The 100th run of the Kisan Rail was flagged off from Sangola in Maharashtra to Shalimar in West Bengal virtually. 
  • Currently, of only a handful of trains plying across the India connecting states like Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar and Nagpur, there are nine Kisan Rail running on nine routes.

Significance of the initiative

  • Seamless national cold supply chain: This train will help in bringing perishable agricultural products like vegetables, fruits to the market in a short period of time. The train with frozen containers is expected to build a seamless national cold supply chain for perishables, inclusive of fish, meat and milk.
  • Doubling farmers’ incomes by 2022: This train is a step towards realizing the goal of doubling farmers’ incomes by 2022. Indian Railways aims to help double farmers’ income with the launch of Kisan Rail.
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