With the success of the previous two Kisan Rail projects from Anantapur to New Delhi and intensive marketing efforts of Guntakal division of South Central Railway (SCR), growers and traders from the Chittoor district used the facility for transporting tomatoes on the third trip.
A total of 242.6 tons of commodities have been transported by the third Kisan Rail trip which left Anantapur station on Wednesday.
Chittoor farmers and traders have sent about 42 tons of tomatoes produced in the district. They expressed their interest in transporting the produce to the north India to the district collector Dr N Bharat Gupta recently. On the request of the district collector, the railway officials swiftly responded and made necessary arrangements.
Tomatoes were transported to Nagpur in Maharashtra in two parcel vans.
To further encourage the farmers to utilise the facility, the ministry of food processing industries has recently announced extending 50 per cent tariff concession on the transportation of notified fruits and vegetables through Kisan Rail under 'Operation Greens–TOP to Total'. Accordingly, the tomato farmers in the district have got a 50 per cent tariff concession.