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    More Kisan Rails in the offing to help farmers get better prices

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    The government is planning to increase the number of Kisan Rail trains, which transport vegetables and fruits to different parts of the country, to help farmers get better prices and reduce wastage, which is to the extent of 15%.

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    New Delhi: The government is planning to increase the number of Kisan Rail trains, which transport vegetables and fruits to different parts of the country, to help farmers get better prices and reduce wastage, which is to the extent of 15%. “Currently, we are running four Kisan Rail trains. There has been more demand for running such trains as farmers are getting benefits. The railways, in close coordination with the agriculture ministry, is planning to introduce more trains and routes,” said a senior agriculture department official.

    At present, Kisan Rail trains are ferrying fruits and vegetables, connecting Devlali in Maharashtra to Muzaffarpur in Bihar, Ananthpur to New Delhi, Bengaluru to Hazrat Nizamuddin and Nagpur to Delhi. The Nagpur-Delhi train carried oranges from Nagpur and the iterinary is yet to be regularised.

    “The travel time of these trains has been cut more than 50% due to less traffic on routes. The railways is currently running a lesser number of passenger trains, facilitating swifter movement of goods trains. People are getting fresh fruits and vegetables. Wastage has also come down significantly,” said the official.

    Railways minister Piyush Goyal, who also handles food and consumer affairs portfolio, recently said that the government was planning to introduce Kisan Rail trains in Kashmir to transport apples to various parts of the country. “We have decided to procure 12 lakh tonnes of apples in Kashmir this year through our agency Nafed. I feel bad people having imported apples when we have quality produce in Kashmir. We want these apples to be transported all across the country,” Goyal had said.
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