Agricultural Sector and Marketing Reforms – eNAM, Model APMC Act, Eco Survey Reco, etc.

[pib] First “Kisan Rail” flagged off


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Kisan Rail

Mains level : Doubling farmers income by 2022

Indian Railways introduced the first “Kisan Rail” from Devlali (Maharashtra) to Danapur (Bihar).

Try this question for mains:

Q.Discuss the role of agricultural marketing and logistics for doubling farmer’s income by 2022.

Kisan Rail

  • From Maharashtra’s Devlali to Bihar’s Danapur, the train will cover the journey of 1,519 kilometres in over 31 hours.
  • It will take stops at Nasik Road, Manmad, Jalgaon, Bhusaval, Burhanpur, Khandwa, Itarsi, Jabalpur, Satna, Katni, Manikpur, Prayagraj Chheoki, Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay Nagar and Buxar.
  • This train will help in bringing perishable agricultural products like vegetables, fruits to the market in a short period of time.
  • The train with frozen containers is expected to build a seamless national cold supply chain for perishables, inclusive of fish, meat and milk.
  • It is a step towards realizing the goal of doubling farmers’ incomes by 2022.

Other facts

  • Indian Railways have earlier run single commodity special trains like Banana Specials etc.
  • But this will be the first-ever multi-commodity trains and will carry fruits like Pomegranate, Banana, Grapes etc and vegetables like Capsicum, Cauliflower, Drumsticks, Cabbage, Onion, Chilies etc.

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