After having switched to transporting medical consignments, and then Alphonso mangoes from Gujarat, India Post has now partnered with the Bihar government to deliver ‘Shahi Lichi’ and ‘Zardalu Mango’ at the doorstep of people in Patna, Muzaffarpur and Bhagalpur, the department said in a statement on Sunday.
Following the COVID-19 outbreak, farmers faced the prospect of their produce going to waste given the nationwide lockdown.
"The Bihar Postal Circle has made an agreement with Department of Horticulture, Government of Bihar, for logistics of Shahi Lichi from Muzaffarpur and Zardalu Mango from Bhagalpur and its delivery to the doorstep of the people," the statement said.
The India Posts spokesperson said that the purchase will include delivery charges. The partnership has been forged to address the woes of litchi and mango cultivators in the state due to the lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus. People can place order for the fruits on the website of the Bihar horticulture department.
"This facility will be initially available to people of Muzaffarpur and Patna for Shahi Lichi and Patna & Bhagalpur for Zardalu Mango. Lichi will be booked minimum for 2 kilogram (kg) and mangoes for 5 kgs," the statement said.