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Context: India’s second and South India’s first Kisan Train commenced its inaugural run from Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh to Adarsh Nagar in New Delhi recently. 

Analysis

  • Anantapur is fast becoming the Fruit Bowl of Andhra Pradesh.
  • Introduction of Kisan Rail is conceptualized to provide priority to the farming sector and facilitate transportation of perishable agricultural products to various market places across the country. 
  • The trains with frozen containers are expected to build a seamless national cold supply chain for perishables.
  • Kisan Rail service was announced in the Union Budget 2020-21 and it was also stated that the Indian Railways will set up a Kisan Rail through PPP arrangements.
  • The first such train runs weekly between Devlali (Maharashtra) to Danapur (Bihar). 
  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday said the Aviation Ministry will launch the 

Krishi Udaan 

  • Krishi Udaan will be launched by the Ministry of Civil Aviation on international and national routes. 
  • This scheme aims to assist farmers in transporting agricultural products so that it improves their "value realisation", especially in the north-east and tribal districts.