Rlys, Airlines agree to ferry local produce

Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, SEP 27 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/27/2019 11:13:08 AM IST

In a major boost for the farming community and local traders, the Northeastern Frontier Railways and Airline operators— Air India and Indigo—have agreed to transport local produces outside the state with state horticulture department as the nodal department.

The assurance was given to commissioner and secretary Horticulture, Y. Kikheto Sema and director, Dr. Elithung Lotha, by the officials of both the railways and airlines at separate meetings held on Friday. The local produces include fruits and vegetables, spices and plantation crops.

Briefing the activities of Horticulture department as the nodal department for various produces such as fruits, vegetables and spices with the Railway officials at Dimapur Railway Station, the commissioner and secretary Kikheto enquired whether such local produces could be transported outside the state through their services.

To this, the railway officials, Soumendra Mazumdar, Station Manager and Santunu Dutta, Commercial Supervisor (Parcel) Dimapur Railway Station said that High Capacity Parcel Van have been available for transportation of such goods in capacities of 18 tonnes (18, 000 kgs) and 23 tonnes (23, 000 kgs). 

The Railway officers stated that it was the first time that a state government department had officially visited them enquiring about such facilities and expressed their willingness to provide all possible support and cooperation.

On learning that a huge consignment of cardamom goes out from the state through railways on a regular basis, Kikheto directed the Horticulture department officers present at the meeting to study in details as the middlemen could be exploiting the local cardamom farmers who were in distress. 

Henceforth, he said that the department will not allow any middlemen to exploit the farmers.

He also said that the Horticulture being the nodal department, it was the responsibility of the department to see that the farmers get the right price for their produces.

Later, during the meeting with the Director of Dimapur Airport, Mughavi Zhimo; M.K. Saha, Station Manager, Air India Ltd and Ratnadeep Dutta, Airport Manager, Indigo at the Dimapur Airport, Kikheto requested for allotting certain cargo space in their respective aircrafts for transporting local produces outside the state especially Delhi. 


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