Anantapur: Member of Parliament Talari Rangaiah has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Ministry of Railways to introduce a Kisan Rail for transporting export-oriented horticulture produce from the state and other places in the country.
In the absence of transportation facilities due to nationwide lockdown restrictions, horticulture farmers have been facing hardships to transport fruits, he said. The MP in his letter mentioned that in Anantapur district horticulture plantation is spread in 2.2 lakh hectares. About 52 lakh metric tonnes papaya, pomegranate, mangoes, bananas and sweet lime are exported from the district.
he farmers normally are sending their produce to Delhi and other cities by road transport. If the Kisan Rail is introduced, the farmers can export their horticulture produce and will save time and money. Mostly the horticulture produce comes for harvesting during the months of October to May.
MP Rangaiah appealed to Prime Minister to sympathetically consider the request. Road transportation takes about 8 days to travel to Delhi while it takes 3 days via train route.