Hyderabad: After successfully launching Kisan Rails from Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, South Central Railway has taken another step forward by starting the first Kisan Rail from Telangana State from Warangal on Monday. The Kisan Rail is said to assist the farm sector in marketing their agricultural produce for better price by providing cost-effective transportation.

The first Kisan Rail from the state was flagged off from Warangal station in Secunderabad Division and was loaded with 230 tonnes of turmeric in 10 parcel vans. The turmeric will be transported to Barasat station of Sealdah Division in West Bengal.

The Central government started Kisan Rails to boost the income of the farm sector, while providing a hassle-free, safe and fast transport services. To further encourage the farmers, the Ministry of Food Processing Industries announced 50 per cent tariff concession on the transportation of notified fruits and vegetables through Kisan Rail trains, under 'Operation Greens - TOP to Total' programme. Accordingly, SCR's first Kisan rail from Telangana was also given 50 per cent tariff concession for transporting turmeric under this scheme.

Warangal District is a hub for cultivation of agricultural produce, especially commercial crops. So far, this agricultural produce was being transported from Warangal to different parts of the country through road which is a tedious task and prone to losses.

To overcome this, officials from the Secunderabad Division conducted regular meetings with the farmers/trading community making them aware of the benefits of transporting their produce by Kisan Rails. The 50 per cent concession in the base freight for the Kisan Rail is beneficial for the farmers when compared to other modes of transport.

Gajanan Mallya, General Manager, South Central Railway, complimented the entire freight team involved in the operation of Kisan Rail from Warangal station. He also appealed to the farmers and traders to utilise the special concessions and facilities being offered by the railways.

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