PM Modi flags off 100th Kisan Rail, carrying farm produce from Maharashtra to West Bengal
Perishable rail cargo centers are being constructed in the vicinity of railway stations where farmers can store their produce
Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the 100th Kisan Rail from Sangola in Maharashtra to Shalimar in West Bengal today via video conferencing. The virtual event was attended by Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Piyush Goyal.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister termed the Kisan Rail Service as a major step towards increasing the income of the farmers of the country. He expressed happiness that even during the Corona pandemic, 100 Kisan Rails were launched in the last four months.
The Prime Minister said that this service will bring a major change in the economy related to farming and will also increase the strength of the country's cold supply chain. He added no minimum quantity has been fixed to transport through Kisan Rail so that even the smallest produce will be able to reach the big market properly at a low price.
He said that Kisan Rail is a mobile cold storage to move perishable things like fruits, vegetables, milk, and fish with complete security.
“India always had a large railway network, even before independence. Cold storage technology was also available. Only now this strength is being harnessed properly through Kisan Rail” the Prime Minister added.
He remarked that a facility like Kisan Rail has given millions of small farmers of West Bengal a huge facility. This is available to the farmer as well as the local small businessman. He said experts in the field of agriculture and experiences from other countries and new technology are being incorporated into Indian agriculture.
Perishable rail cargo centers are being constructed in the vicinity of railway stations where farmers can store their produce. The effort is to supply as many fruits and vegetables as possible to the household. Extra produce should reach the entrepreneurs engaged in the production of juice, pickle, sauce, and chips, the Prime Minister said.
Stating that about 6,500 such projects have been approved under Mega Food Parks, Cold Chain Infrastructure and Agro Processing Cluster, under the PM Krishi Sampada Yojana, PM Modi said Rs 10000 crore has been sanctioned for micro food processing industries under AtmaNirbhar Abhiyan package.