Ever since the first Kisan Rail train was flagged-off on 07.08.2020 between Devlali (Mah) and Danapur (Bihar), 17 more routes have been added to this special services. According to a government release, till 22nd Jan, 157 services of Kisan Rail have been run, transporting more than 49,000 Tonnes of consignments. The primary objective of running Kisan Rail trains is to increase the income in farm sector by connecting production centers to markets and consumption centers.
The union government had announced commencing this service in last year’s budget to transport perishables and agri-product, including milk, meat and fish. This is multi-commodity, multi-consignor/consignee, multi-loading/unloading transportation service which is aimed at providing wider market to Kisan.
Railways have been actively pursuing with various stake holders – including Ministry of Agriculture, state governments, and local bodies – to plan roll out of Kisan Rail services. Based on demand pattern and feedback received from stakeholders, Railways have so far operated Kisan Rail services on eighteen routes.
Utilization of these services is being monitored on a regular basis to ensure optimal utilization of Railway stock (Parcel Vans).
Primary commodities being transported via Kisan Rail are onion, tomato, oranges, potato, pomegranate, banana, custard-apple, carrots, capsicum, and other vegetables.