The second Kisan Rail of the country and the first of South India was launched by Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Narendra Singh Tomar and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Took place in the chief hospitality of Jaganmohan Reddy.
Minister of State for Railways Suresh C. Angadi presided. It departed from Anantapur (Andhra Pradesh) to Adarsh Nagar (Delhi) as a special train under Guntakal Division of South Central Railway.
On this occasion, Tomar said that the economy of agriculture will be strengthened by Kisan Rail, while Reddy said that through it, the famous fruits of Andhra Pradesh will reach the country easily.
Tomar said that village-poor-farmers have always been on the priority of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In the farming system, the farmers should be profitable, double their income, PM has been trying in every budget to fulfill these objectives, which are also becoming successful. Facilities of Kisan Rail and Kisan Udaan were announced in the budget so that fruits and vegetables could be sent from one place to another in a short time.
On August 7, the first farmer rail from Devlali to Danapur was started, which has increased its demand by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal. Now, with the running of the second farmer train, farmers of all states en route from Andhra Pradesh to Delhi will also benefit.
Tomar said that in Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister Reddy is focusing on agriculture. Two new ordinances implemented by the central government and an agricultural infrastructure fund of one lakh crore are also being implemented. In Anantapur, fruits and vegetables are cultivated in more than 2 lakh hectare area, these farmers will benefit from the running of the farmer rail. Kisan Udaan will also be implemented, which will provide a great convenience in the transportation of horticultural crops.
Chief Minister Reddy said that Andhra Pradesh has an important place in horticulture. Andhra Pradesh ranks first in the production of tomatoes, papaya, cocoa and Chile. Due to the COVID crisis, it was difficult to get this product to Delhi, so requested the Prime Minister, who arranged for the convenience of the farmers. Andhra Pradesh is the major fruit-producing state of South India. We have done many things to encourage and help the farmers. In Lockdown, 11 special trains were run from Anantapur to Mumbai so that the fruits of this can reach different places in the country.
Minister of State for Railways Angadi said that the Prime Minister’s goal is to double the income of farmers. Where the farmers do not have the facility of transport, they are being helped by starting Kisan Rail. Now the products of farmers will reach from Andhra to Delhi in a short time. With the new central government ordinance, farmers can sell their produce where they get the right price. Railways are in constant contact with farmers and traders so that they can get facilities. This train will connect the farmers of South India with North India.
Union Minister of State for Agriculture Parshottam Rupala and Kailash Chaudhary, Andhra Pradesh Minister B.C. Satyanarayana, M. Sankaranarayan and K. Kanna Babu, Anantapur MP T. Rangayya, Regional MLA and other people’s representatives, Sanjay Aggarwal, Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, General Manager of South Central Railway Gajanan Malaiya were also present.