Kisan Rail flagged off recently, is surely changing the lives of farmers of Maharashtra with the assurance of better price with faster & cheaper transportation, providing seamless supply chain, preventing the destruction of perishable farm produce thereby opening up the scope to increase the income of farmers.
On its third trip on 21.08.2020, Kisan Rail from Devlali to Muzaffarpur with additional link from Kolhapur to Manmad has further widened the benefit to thousands of farmers across Western Maharashtra, Kolhapur, Pandharpur, Ahmednagar region. During that trip, a total of 235.44 tonnes of goods were transported from Maharashtra including agro produce consisting of Pomegranate, Lemon, Cauliflower, fish, Mixed vegetables, chillies, Capsicum, ginger, Onions, garlic & eggs etc. Having loaded the farm produce at Belvandi station of Solapur Division for the first time, the farmer groups were elated and offered thanks to the Ministry of Railways for running Kisan Rail to transport their perishable goods to different parts of India thereby increasing the scope of their earning. Prior to Kisan Rail they were depending on road transport. Further, the farmers group is hopeful that this new facility will definitely encourage many farmers to bring more produce like vegetables, grapes and other items to be transported from now on.
India’s first Kisan Rail was recently flagged off by Hon’ble Union Minister of Agriculture, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar and Hon’ble Union Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry, Shri Piyush Goyal as announced in the Union Budget 2020-21 to build a seamless national cold supply chain for perishables, inclusive of milk, meat and fish. Kisan Rail ensures agro products reach from one corner to another corner of the country in a quick time by faster transportation benefitting both the farmers and the consumers. This Kisan Rail catering to the requirements of small farmers and small traders will prove to be not only a game changer but also a life changer as it will fulfil the endeavour of increasing the income of farmers.
Central Railway through its Business Development Unit aggressively marketing with local farmers, loaders, APMC & individuals and aggregating their demands. The running of Kisan special from Kolhapur – Devlali – Muzaffarpur having stoppages at many stations enroute will bring hope, happiness and prosperity to the farmers of various states across the nation.
The frequency of Kisan Rail is being increased from weekly to bi-weekly from 25.8.2020 onwards.