Vijayawada: The South Central Railway on Sunday announced the launch of Kisan Rail from Tadepalligudem station in Andhra Pradesh. The first train loaded with 246 tons of onions left for Malda Town in West Bengal on Sunday.

The South Central Railway (SCR) said it has been actively focused on launching Kisan Rails in various places across the zone to support farmers and help them market their produce. As part of the initiative, Kisan Rails have been started from different stations of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Maharashtra. Taking forward this initiative, now for the first time Kisan Rail has been started from Tadepalligudem station, of Andhra Pradesh, SCR said.

The first train left Tadepalligudem station for West Bengal with 246 tons of onions, the SCR release said. It further said that the business development unit (BDU) of the Vijayawada division has conducted successful meetings with farmers and traders in the surrounding areas who wish to transport onions from Tadepalligudem station.

The BDU also explained to the freight customers the various schemes and concessions being offered by the Railways. About 50 per cent tariff concession provided by the Union ministry of food processing industries under the scheme "Operation Greens - TOP to Total" has been extended to freight customers transporting their products.

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