Centre includes 53 airports under Krishi Udan scheme

Centre includes 53 airports under Krishi Udan scheme
Under the scheme, a total of 108,479 metric tonnes of perishable cargo was handled in the financial year 2021-22 (till 28 Feb, 2022) in comparison to 84,042 metric tonnes handled in the financial year 2020-21 at AAI airports

Krishi Udan Scheme was launched in August, 2020 on international and national routes to assist farmers in transporting agricultural products so that it improves their value realisation. Krishi Udan 2.0 was announced in October, 2021 enhancing the existing provisions, mainly focusing on transporting perishable food products from the hilly areas, northeastern states and tribal areas. Primarily the scheme was focusing on 25 airports of the northeastern region, hilly and tribal regions namely Agartala, Agatti, Barapani, Dehradun, Dibrugarh, Dimapur, Gaggal, Imphal, Jammu, Jorhat, Kullu (Bhuntar), Leh, Lengpui, Lilabari, Pakyong, Pantnagar, Pithoragarh, Port Blair, Raipur, Ranchi, Rupsi, Shimla, Silchar, Srinagar and Tezu. Subsequently, other 28 AAI airports, namely, Adampur (Jalandhar), Agra, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bareilly, Bhuj, Chandigarh, Coimbatore, Goa, Gorakhpur, Hindon, Indore, Jaisalmer, Jamnagar, Jodhpur, Kanpur (Chakeri), Kolkata, Nasik, Pathankot, Patna, Prayagraj, Pune, Rajkot, Tezpur, Trichy, Trivandrum, Varanasi and Visakhapatnam have been included in the scheme, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Gen. VK Singh said in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

Krishi Udan is a convergence scheme where eight ministries and departments namely Ministry of Civil Aviation; Department of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare; Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying; Department of Fisheries; Ministry of Food Processing Industries; Department of Commerce; Ministry of Tribal Affairs; Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) would leverage their existing schemes to strengthen the logistics for transportation of agri-produce. There is no budgetary allocation for the scheme, the minister further said.

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Under the scheme, facilitating and incentivising movement of agri-produce by air transportation by full waiver of Landing, Parking, Terminal Navigational Landing Charges (TNLC), and Route Navigation Facility Charges (RNFC) for Indian freighters and Passenger to Cargo (P2C) at selected airports of Airports Authority of India, primarily around 25 airports focusing on NER, hilly and tribal regions and 28 airports at other areas have been included, Singh informed the upper house of the Indian parliament.

A total of 108,479 metric tonnes of perishable cargo (International + Domestic) was handled in the financial year 2021-22 (till 28 Feb, 2022) in comparison to 84,042 metric tonnes handled in the financial year 2020-21 at AAI airports. Krishi Udan is an ongoing scheme and is reviewed from time to time in consultation with stakeholders, he said.

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