South India’s first ‘Kisan Rail’ flagged off from Anantapur

Anantapur, September 9, 2020: South India’s First “Kisan Rail” was flagged off from Anantapur (Andhra Pradesh) to Adarsh Nagar (New Delhi) today.
Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, Government of India and Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh flagged off the Kisan Rail.
The Program was presided over by Suresh C. Angadi, Minister of State for Railways, Government of India.
Speaking on the occasion, Narendra Singh Tomar said that it is the first Kisan Rail from South India connecting to National capital for the benefit of the farmers.
It was the guidance and inspiration by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi ji that Indian Railways have started Kisan Rail with a motive to encourage the villages and farmers.
“It is a great day for farmers. Kisan Rail was announced in the budget. Agriculture produce needs best possible distribution and returns. Indian farmers have proved that they would never be deterred by any calamity or challenge. Kisan Rail will ensure that agro products reach from one corner to another corner of the country.”
Suresh C. Angadi stated that Kisan Rail has an aim of doubling the income of farmers.
As “lifeline of the nation, Indian Railways is committed to the facilitation of marketing the farmer’s produce.”
He also said that electrification of railway lines has been taken up in a big way in the state of Andhra Pradesh and its benefits will be enjoyed by the people of Andhra Pradesh.
The rake is loaded with 14 parcel vans – 4 vans load meant for Nagpur and another 10 Vans load for Adarsh Nagar – totalling 332 tonnes.
The inaugural Kisan Rail was loaded with Tomato, Bananas, Sweet Orange, Papaya, Muskmelons and Mangoes.
The train provides fast transport connectivity between Anantapur to New Delhi with the distance of 2150 Km being covered in approximately 40 hours.
Earlier this was being transported by roadways which was not only taking more time but also leading to reduction in price realisation of the farmers due to enroute damages.

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