After successfully ferrying medical consignments in its iconic red vans, India Post is now helping mango growers to access market amid transport disruptions due to lockdown.
In a first effort in Gujarat Circle, India Post has started ferrying Alphonso mango from the heartland Valsad district to Surat using its mail motor service. First consignment of 900 kg of Alphonso mango dispatched from Vapi in Valsad and delivered in Surat.
"Currently, due to the lockdown, wholesale traders are buying directly from the mango orchards. But transportation remained a challenge for them. Since we have an established logistics network through all the districts, these people got engaged with us and we started taking mangoes along with our mails in the motor service," Ashok Kumar Poddar, Chief Post Master General (CPMG), Gujarat Circle told Businessline. The service will be extended to across Gujarat and Mumbai through the road network.
India Post uses its Mail Motor Service and takes the vehicles right up to mango orchards, from where they pick up the consignments and deliver to the destined locations including warehouses or bulk buyer premises.