The Krishi Udan scheme provides air transportation and logistics support for perishable agri-produce and 58 airports have been covered under Krishi Udan 2.0 till now, according to the information given by the Minister of State for Civil Aviation Gen (Dr) V K Singh in Lok Sabha on Thursday.
Krishi Udan Scheme 2.0 was announced on 27 October 2021 enhancing the existing provisions, mainly focusing on transporting perishable food products from the hilly areas, North-Eastern States and tribal areas.
For facilitating and incentivising the movement of agri-produce by air transportation, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) provides a full waiver of Landing, Parking charges, Terminal Navigational Landing Charges (TNLC) and Route Navigation Facility Charges (RNFC) for Indian freighters and P2C (Passenger-to-Cargo) Aircraft primarily around 25 airports focusing on North Eastern, Hilly and Tribal region and 28 airports in other regions and areas. Further, after evaluation of Krishi Udan 2.0, five more airports have been included, making it 58 airports.
Krishi Udan Scheme is a convergence scheme where eight Ministries and Departments namely the 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.
Currently, Prayagraj airport is included under Krishi Udan Scheme 2.0. All perishable commodities are covered under Krishi Udan Scheme in the country, news agency ANI reported.
The scheme assists farmers in transporting agricultural products so that it improves their value realisation. Krishi Udan scheme provides air transportation and logistics support for perishable agri-produce as per the need.
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