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Krishi Udan 2.0 covers 58 airports supporting transportation for perishable agri-produce

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The Krishi Udan scheme gives air transportation and Logistics support for perishable agri-produce and 58 air terminals have been covered under Krishi Udan 2.0 till now, as per the data given by the Minister of State for Civil Aviation Gen (Dr) V K Singh in Lok Sabha on Thursday.

Announced on 27 October 2021, Krishi Udan Scheme 2.0 will enhance the existing provisions, mainly focusing on transporting perishable food products from the hilly areas, North-Eastern States, and tribal areas. To facilitate and incentivize the movement of agro-goods 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. Furthermore, after the evaluation of Krishi Udan 2.0, five more airports have been added, making it a total of 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. The Krishi Udan scheme covering all the perishable commodities in the country assists farmers in transporting agricultural products so that it improves their value realization. It provides air transportation and logistics support for perishable agri-produce as per the need. 

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