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2,359 Kisan Rails transport 7.9 lakh tonnes of farm produce

Kisan Rails enable farmers to utilise the vast railway network to gain access to distant, bigger and more lucrative markets
2,359 Kisan Rails transport 7.9 lakh tonnes of farm produce
2,359 Kisan Rails transport 7.9 lakh tonnes of perishables (Photo: RM Archive)

Since the launch of Kisan Rail service on August 07, 2020 and up to June 30, 2022, Indian Railways have operated around 2,359 Kisan Rails, transporting approximately 7.9 lakh tonnes of perishables including onion, banana, potato, ginger, garlic, mango, grapes, pomegranate, oranges, chikoo, lemon, capsicum, cabbage, cauliflower, and other fruits and vegetables, Union Minister of Railways, Communications and Electronic & Information Technology, Ashwini Vaishnaw said in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

Break up of Kisan Rails (provisional figures)

State

(train originating)

2020-21 2021-22 2022-23

(up to June 30)

Andhra Pradesh 8 108
Assam 1
Gujarat 25 34 3
Karnataka 12 34
Maharashtra 353 1,434 51
Madhya Pradesh 28 46
Punjab 1 14
Rajasthan 5
Telangana 66
Tripura 1
Uttar Pradesh 68 8
West Bengal 28 30 1
Total 455 1,841 63

 

Source: Ministry of Railways

What is Kisan Rail?

In accordance with the Union Budget 2020–21 announcement, Indian Railways introduced Kisan Rail trains to facilitate the quick transportation of perishable goods, such as fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, fishery, and dairy products from the production or surplus regions to consumption or deficient areas. Kisan Rail services are time-tabled as well as demand based.

Kisan Rails enable farmers to utilise the vast railway network to access distant, bigger and more lucrative markets. It is based on the concept of multi-commodity, multi consignor, multi consignee and multi stoppages. There is no minimum limit on quantity that can be booked, enabling small farmers to reach bigger and distant markets.

Potential circuits for movement of Kisan Rail services are identified in consultation with the Union Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare and agriculture, animal husbandry, fisheries departments of state governments as well as local bodies and agencies, mandis and based on demand, rakes are provided on priority for running of Kisan Rail services.

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