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)
(up to June 30)
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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