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Kisan Rails: Shaping up transportation of agricultural commodities

Since the inception of first Kisan Rail service, Indian Railways has operated 1,642 Kisan Rails, transporting approximately 5.4 lakh tonnes of perishables
Kisan Rails: Shaping up transportation of agricultural commodities
Kisan Rails: Shaping up transportation of agricultural commodities

Since the inception of the first Kisan Rail service on August 7, 2020 and up to November 28, 2021, Indian Railways has operated 1,642 Kisan Rails, transporting approximately 5.4 lakh tonnes of perishables including onion, banana, potato, garlic, pomegranate, oranges, capsicum, cabbage, cauliflower, and other fruits and vegetables. These services have operated from the states of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

In compliance to the announcement made in Union Budget 2020-21, Kisan Rail trains have been introduced by Indian Railways to enable speedy movement of perishables including fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, fishery and dairy products from the production or surplus regions to consumption or deficient regions. Kisan Rail services are timetabled as well as demand-based. Kisan Rails enable farmers to utilise the vast railway network to gain access to 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 the 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 Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare and Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries departments of state governments as well as local bodies and agencies along with mandis. Based on demand, rakes are provided on priority for running of Kisan Rail services.

So far, no difficulties have been faced during the transportation of goods through Kisan rail services. Halts, the number of trips and composition of time-tabled Kisan Rail services and introduction of new services are finalised in consultation with farmers and consignors.

This information was given by the Minister of Railways, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology, Ashwini Vaishnaw in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

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