Indian Farm Products to fly to your doorstep with Krishi UDAN 2.0

New Delhi – Union Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia on Wednesday released Krishi UDAN 2.0, the vision document aimed at improving value realization through better integration and optimization of Agri-harvesting and air transportation.

Krishi UDAN 2.0 lays out the vision for better integration and optimization of air transportation services and contributing to Agri-value chain sustainability and resilience. The scheme proposes to facilitate and incentivize the movement of Agri-produce by air transportation.

“Krishi UDAN 2.0 is an example of this government’s collaborative approach towards policymaking. This scheme will open up new avenues of growth for the agriculture sector and help attain the goal of doubling farmers’ income by removing barriers in the supply chain, logistics, and transportation of farm produce,” Scindia said while launching the vision document.

The Krishi UDAN 2.0 will be implemented at 53 airports across the country mainly focusing on Northeast and tribal regions and is likely to benefit farmers, freight forwarders, and Airlines. The Ministry of Civil Aviation plans to be pilot the scheme for 6 months, and, will introduce amendments based on the results of the evaluation & consultations with other stakeholders.

“We want to take the Anndata to the highest level, by adopting the model of A2A – Agriculture to Aviation. The convergence between the two sectors is possible because of 3 primary reasons – Evolutionary possible use of biofuel for aircraft in the future, use of drones in the agriculture sector, and greater integration and value realization of agricultural products through schemes like Krishi UDAN,” Scindia said.

The enhanced version of the Krishi UDAN scheme was formulated with support from AAICLAS – a subsidiary of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Invest India, India’s national Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency, under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. It offers a full waiver of Landing, Parking, TNLC, and RNFC charges for Indian freighters at selected Airports of AAI primarily, focusing on NER, Hilly, and Tribal regions.

Inbox – 7 focus routes and products

Route Product
Amritsar – Dubai Babycorn
Darbhanga – Rest of India Litchis
Sikkim – Rest of India Organic produce
Chennai, Vizag, Kolkata – Far East Seafood
Agartala – Delhi, Dubai Pineapple
Dibrugarh – Delhi, Dubai Mandarin, Oranges
Guwahati  – Hong Kong Pulses, fruits, and vegetables

Jyotiraditya Scindia addressing the gathering at the launch of Krishi UDAN 2.0

Image courtesy of Courtesy - Union Ministry of Civil Aviation

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