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Devlali-Danapur Kisan Rail flagged off today

07 August 2020, New Delhi: ‘Devlali-Danapur Kisan Rail’ was flagged off today by Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar along with Union Railways Minister Piyus Goyal. It rail will help in a seamless transportation of perishables, including of milk, meat and fish. The Kisan Rail has been set up through PPP arrangements.

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Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Narendra Singh Tomar said that Kisan Rail will help transport the produce of farmers to different parts of the country at a nominal cost. 

Mr. Piyush Goyal mentioned that the Ministry of Railways is also working for increasing food chain supply so that farmers could get higher prices for their crops.

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In order to serve the purpose of the farming community of the country, Kisan Rail trains will run with multi commodities, multi-consignors and multi consignees. These trains will run between fixed Origin–Destination pairs with en-route stoppages, and loading/ unloading shall be permitted at any of the en-route stoppage.

The Origin–Destination pairs, routes, stoppages, and frequency of the train shall be decided jointly by the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare and Ministry of Railways. Indian Railways will plan to run the trains accordingly.

The first-mile arrangements including aggregation of consignments through FPOs, warehousing, setting-up of temperature-controlled storages, etc. shall be coordinated by the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare.

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MoA&FW will also promote startups in agri-infrastructure, promotion of new FPOs and strengthening of existing FPOs for backward integration.  The Ministry will provide details of Production Centres on the Kisan Special Routes along with seasonality of produce.