The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) said it has been successful in carrying produces of the Northeast farmers and producers to the bigger markets.
“NFR has succeeded in capturing a host of new streams of traffic. Railways being a faster and cheaper mode of transport, this will boost the local economy by making larger markets across the country accessible to local farmers and traders, thereby improving their economic condition,” the NF Railway said in a statement.
Recently, the NF Railway carried black turmeric (kali haldi), raw turmeric and fresh lemon from Assam to various parts of the country, it said.
Indian Railways has also re-captured traffics like betel nuts, black tea & vermin-compost.
A total of 605 Kg of black turmeric (kali haldi) was transported on July 9, 2021 from Mariani station to New Jalpaiguri station.
Apart from it, 1890 kg of raw turmeric was transported from New Tinsukia to New Delhi on July 14, 2021.
It will give a boost to the local turmeric growers in the region, the NF Railway said in the statment.
A total of 54 cartoons of lemon were booked for Guwahati from New Tinsukia station on June 1, 2021.
Two more consignments were transported from New Tinsukia on July 15, 2021 and July 26, 2021 respectively for Guwahati and New Delhi consisting of 1770 Kgs. & 2150 Kgs.
Subsequently, these lemons are also being exported to Dubai and United Kingdom through air from there.
Due to the Covid19 pandemic regular traffic of few agro products has petered out.
NFR is recapturing its transportation across the country. As a result, NFR could load 2.93 tonnes of raw betel nuts from New Tinsukia to Dimapur.
One consignment of 540 Kg of vermicompost was sent from Mariani to Lalgarh (Rajasthan) on July 17, 2021 after a gap of approximately three years.
“These efforts of NFR will give a boost to organic farming in this region,” the statement said.
“Black tea is also being transported in a regular manner to Dimapur and Rajendra Nagar stations after the resumption of train services connecting these stations,” it added.