Civil Aviation Ministry launches Krishi Udan 2.0 to help farmers transport produce

admin November 10, 2021
Updated 2021/11/10 at 2:18 PM

The Krishi UDAN 2.0 initiative was introduced by the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) to concentrate on carrying perishable food supplies from mountainous regions, northeastern states, and tribal territories.

“Krishi UDAN 2.0 would assist alleviate the issue of wasting of agricultural food wastes in the nation,” stated Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia during the scheme’s inauguration on October 27.

He said that the government is dedicated to tripling farmers’ income, but that a paradigm change is required to accomplish this. “Doubling farmers’ income entails not simply raising the market value of their goods, but also a paradigm change for the farmers.”

Domestic airlines will be exempt from landing, parking, Terminal Navigation, and Landing Charges, and Route Navigation Facilities Charges under Krishi UDAN 2.0.

Terminals would be built at Leh, Srinagar, Nagpur, Nashik, Ranchi Bagdogra, Raipur, and Guwahati, according to the government. The programme would involve 53 airports, the majority of which will be managed by the Airports Authority of India (AAI).

In addition, eight internal and international commerce channels would be established as part of the project, according to Scindia. Amritsar-Dubai for baby corn, Darbhanga and the rest of India for lychees, and Sikkim and the rest of India for organic food are among the routes.

The government would also try to establish a seafood trade route between Chennai, Vizag, and Kolkata, as well as East Asian nations. Agartala-Delhi-Dubai for pineapple, Dibrugarh-Delhi-Dubai for Mandarin Oranges, and Guwahati-Hong Kong for pulses, fruits, and vegetables are among the other routes.

Under Krishi UDAN 2.0, the government has recommended states to lower sales taxes on aviation turbine fuel (ATF) to 1% for airlines.

In 2021-22, the ministry will establish a hub and spoke model with AAI in Agartala, Srinagar, Dibrugarh, Dimapur, Hubbali, Imphal, Jorhat, Lilabari, Lucknow, Silchar, Tezpur, Tirupati, and Tuticorin.

In 2022-23, they will create a hub and spoke models to transport perishable items in Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar, Jharsuguda, Kozhikode, Mysuru, Puducherry, Rajkot, and Vijayawada; in 2023-24, they will cover Agra, Darbhanga, Gaya, Gwalior, Pakyong, Pantnagar, Shillong, Shimla, Udaipur, and Va

The government will also create an online platform called E-KUSHAL to help people learn more about Krishi UDAN 2.0.

Scindia said that the ministry would continue to work on fine-tuning the scheme’s guidelines and asked the transportation sector to report any impediments in the transfer of products throughout the nation.

The initiative was officially introduced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during her Budget statement on February 1, 2020. Its goal is to convey agricultural goods to national and international destinations, hence increasing value realisation, particularly in the Northeast and tribal areas.

Scindia said that the ministry would continue to work on fine-tuning the scheme’s guidelines and asked the transportation sector to report any impediments in the transfer of products throughout the nation.

The initiative was officially introduced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during her Budget statement on February 1, 2020.

Its goal is to convey agricultural goods to national and international destinations, hence increasing value realisation, particularly in the Northeast and tribal areas.


Source: MoneyControl

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