Using Kisan Rail, farmers move GI-tagged Vazhakkulam pineapple to Delhi

Utilising the chances made available by Kisan Rail in transferring cargoes, All Kerala Pineapple Farmers Association has dispatched a consignment of GI-tagged Vazhakkulam pineapple from Kochi to Delhi by rail for the very first time.

Much less transportation time

Typically, pineapple is getting despatched to North India by highway in trucks which would choose 5 times to access Delhi even though by rail, it will access the desired destination in 50 several hours and make certain fresher fruits to the purchaser.

James George Thottumariyil, President of the association, claimed that they have despatched 2.5 tonnes of the fruit in Delhi-sure Nizamuddin Categorical from Ernakulam South Railway station. The consignment is despatched to Diem Agro LLP, an agri business get started-up incubated at Haryana Agricultural College, Hisar, and funded by RKVY-RAFTAAR scheme below the Agriculture Ministry.

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Diem Agro is producing an on-line marketplace for fruit and vegetable farmers to marketplace their create to inter-Point out buyers, in particular for pineapple farmers in Kerala.

“With this new initiative, we can offer fresher fruits to the marketplace and if the experiment succeeds, we have huge ideas to mail even bigger consignments regularly,” he claimed.

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Good marketplace in North

According to George, the GI-tagged Vazhakulam Pineapple is often receiving interesting trade queries from north India and Point out Horticulture Mission-Kerala and the Railways have made available interesting incentives to mail even bigger consignments.

Presently, farmers in Kerala cultivate pineapple on all around 18,000 hectares and create 5.5 lakh tonnes of the fruit.