100th Kisan Rail service for farmers to be inaugurated by PM Modi on Monday
Kisan Rail provides a seamless supply chain of perishable produce by ensuring cheap and fast transportation to the farmers
The 100th Kisan Rail service, which will run from Sangola in Maharashtra to Shalimar in West Bengal, will be flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi via video-conferencing on Monday.
This multi-commodity train would carry perishable products like vegetables and fruits and loading and unloading of all the farm produce will be permitted at all stoppages with no bar on the size of the consignment.
The service is expected to benefit a large number of farmers as the Government of India has decided to extend a subsidy of 50% on transportation of fruits and vegetables, an official statement issued by the Ministry of Railways said.
The first Kisan Rail was introduced from Devlali to Danapur on August 7. This was further extended to Muzaffarpur. After its introduction, it received a lot of support from the farmers, prompting the Indian Railways to
increase its frequency from weekly to three days in a week.
"Kisan Rail has been a game changer in ensuring fast transportation of agriculture produce across the nation. It provides a seamless supply chain of perishable produce," the ministry pointed out.
This service has helped the marginal farmers the most by providing a cheap and fast mode of transportation of their produce. The decision to provide stoppages at smaller stations has meant that a larger number of farmers can benefit when it comes to transporting perishable produce, including fruits, vegetables, and fish.