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India plans train service to transport oranges nationwide

Christian Fernsby ▼ | October 6, 2020
Indian Railways is mulling a train service from Nagpur, 840 km from Mumbai, to transport oranges to different parts of the country, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said.
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Nagpur, the winter capital of the western state of Maharashtra, is also considered as the orange capital of India with 150,000 hectares of plant area producing 500,000 tons of the citrus fruit.

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The orange season in India, which has a total of 479,000 hectares of area under cultivation, varies by region. In the north, the season starts from December to February while it is from October to March in the south.

In central and western India that covers Nagpur, the crop is harvested twice from November to January, as well as from March to May.

"We are also in discussion with the Ministry of Agriculture to start refrigerated coaches for transport of perishable commodities; warehouses are being planned to be developed to permanently solve problem of wastage of farm produce," the minister told a press conference in Mumbai.

Earlier this year in August, India ran its first agriculture output train from Devlali, 172 km from Mumbai in western state of Maharashtra, to Danapur in eastern state of Bihar, to facilitate remunerative prices to the farmers and reasonable prices to the consumers.