India’s second and South India’s first Kisan Train started its inaugural run from Anantapur to Adarsh Nagar in New Delhi on Wednesday.
The train was flagged off by Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Agriculture, ande Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.
Kisan Rail would help in strengthening the agricultural economy. On August 7, the first Kisan Rail was flagged off between Devlali in Maharashtra and Danapur in Bihar as a weekly service, which was later made bi-weekly due to increasing demand. Now the second Kisan Rail would benefit farmers of the States coming en route. Anantapur fruits and vegetables were grown in more than two lakh hectares and the Kisan Rail would prove very beneficial to farmers of this region. Kisan Udaan service would also be started soon, Mr. Tomar said.
Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy said the State topped in the country in producing tomatoes, coconut, papaya and chilli and is the biggest fruit-producing centre in South India.
More than 80 per cent of the 58 lakh tonnes of fruits and vegetables in Ananthapur district is marketed out of the State, particularly to the North Indian States. A major portion of the fruits and vegetables produced in Anantapur were transported out of the State. Earlier, they were transported on road, he added.
South India’s first Kisan Rail train service between Anantapur and New Delhi will cover a distance of 2,150 km in 40 hours. The rake is loaded with 14 parcel vans – four vans for Nagpur and 10 vans for Adarsh Nagar – totalling 332 tonnes. The inaugural train was loaded with tomato, banana, sweet orange, papaya, muskmelon and mango.