Press Reporter News Service
Bathinda, August 10
Union Meals Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Monday urged Railway Minister Piyush Goyal to begin a devoted Kisan rail with refrigerated bogies from Abohar to Bangalore and Abohar to Kolkata respectively in the course of the kinnow harvest season between the months of December and March to profit kinnow farmers of Punjab, Rajasthan and Haryana.
Harsimrat Badal, who wrote a letter on this connection to the railway minister congratulating him for launching the Kisan rail initiative, stated the cluster of kinnow cultivation, which included adjoining areas from the states of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan, was unfold over one lakh hectares.
She stated the city of Abohar in Punjab functioned because the focal marketplace for aggregation of kinnows and dealt with twenty 5 lakh metric tonnes of produce yearly.
She stated a Kisan rail originating from Abohar might take kinnow to the southern and jap states the place there was a giant marketplace for the fruit.
She stated the largest marketplace for the fruit was in Bangalore and Kolkata whilst a major amount was exported to Bangladesh.
Badal stated presently because of the extremely perishable nature of the fruit, solely 35 to 40 per cent of the harvest reached the top shoppers.
“The remainder will get wasted resulting from excessive temperatures in the course of the street transport over lengthy distances resulting in loss for farmers.”
She stated the issue was much more acute within the peak harvesting months of February and March because the temperatures began rising within the southern and jap states.
The Union minister assured the railway minister that she had been assured by the farmers and merchants of the realm that the Kisan rail could be utilised to full capability and could be a viable enterprise for the Ministry of Railways as effectively.
She stated moreover serving to the farmers of the three states the Kisan rail would enhance the export potential of the fruit to Bangladesh and different South-East Asian international locations.