By developing proper supply chain management, agriculturists can be given access to airports and railway stations to sell off their produce at reasonable prices
Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari today pushed an idea to start export facility for fruits and vegetables via railway stations and airports.
Speaking at a function to launch wayside amenities development programme, Gadkari said that he would suggest commerce ministry and Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) to set up set up storage facility at railway stations and airports for “locally produced fruits and vegetables”.
“We have export quality fruits like oranges, apples and litchi in India… Why can’t we export them through railway stations and airports so that our farmers get a direct (international) market,” he said.
He said that such fruits and vegetables can be exported to international markets by developing a proper supply chain management.
“These fruits can be kept in cold-storage at national and international airports and a distribution chain can be developed,” he said.
Gadkari acknowledged the growing farmers’ distress and said that such farmers can be given access to airports and stations to sell off their products to both, citizens and tourists.
He suggested that farmers can instead sell fruit juices at these locations and expand their markets while receiving fair prices for their produce.
“We must innovate…Railway ministry, agriculture ministry and commerce ministry must sit and discuss this,” he said.