Krishi UDAN: Major Charges Waived Off For Cargo Aircraft At 21 Domestic Airports

by Amit Mishra - Sep 12, 2022 05:59 PM +05:30 IST
Krishi UDAN: Major Charges Waived Off For Cargo Aircraft At 21 Domestic AirportsFresh litchis being loaded on a flight to Mumbai from Darbhanga Airport (@HardeepSPuri/Twitter)
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  • The Krishi UDAN scheme assists farmers in transporting agriculture products so that it improves their value realisation.

In a major boost to the transportation of agri-produce and to promote Krishi UDAN scheme, the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has granted a full waiver of landing, parking and navigation charges at 21 domestic airports operated by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for cargo aircraft.

The airports include Agartala, Dehradun, Dibrugarh, Dimapur, Ranchi, Shimla, and many others.

The Krishi UDAN scheme assists farmers in transporting agriculture products so that it improves their value realisation.

For facilitating and incentivising movement of agri-produce by air transportation, the AAI already provides a full waiver of landing, parking charges, terminal navigation landing charges (TNLC), and route navigation facility charges (RNFC) for Indian freighters and P2C (passenger-to-cargo) aircraft at 58 airports in India.

Background

Krishi UDAN 1.0 was launched in August 2020, on international and national routes to help farmers in transporting agricultural products.

Improving the scheme further, Krishi UDAN 2.0 was announced on 27 September 2021 to focus on transporting perishable food products from the hilly areas, north-eastern states, and tribal areas.

The enhanced version of the scheme has adopted the model of A2A — agriculture to aviation.

The second version of the scheme aims to increase share of air carriage in the modal mix for transportation of agri-produce, which includes horticulture, fishery, livestock and processed products.

Scope

All perishable commodities are covered under Krishi UDAN Scheme in the country.

The scheme initially covered 25 airports focusing on north eastern, hilly and tribal region and 28 airports in other regions/areas. Further, after evaluation of Krishi UDAN 2.0, five more airports have been included making it to 58 airports.

The five airports which have been added recently to the earlier list of 53 airports include Belagavi in Karnataka, Bhopal and Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh, Jharsuguda in Odisha and Darbhanga in Bihar.

The strategic selection of the airports is primarily focused on North East region. Additionally it covers north, entire western coast and southern India including two islands of Andaman and Nicobar (Port Blair Airport) and Lakshadweep (Agatti Airport).

How It Works?

Under the scheme, air transportation and logistics support are provided for perishable agri-produce as per the need.

There is no specific budget for Krishi UDAN under the scheme.

It envisages convergence among eight ministries/departments namely, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Department of Agriculture and 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, to leverage their existing schemes for strengthening the logistics for transportation of agri-produce.

Leveraging the existing schemes of the eight ministries as mentioned above, the producers can utilise the services available at 58 airports listed under the scheme considering the demand.

Few successful examples are air transportation of ‘king chillies, Burmese grapes and Assamese lemon' from Guwahati, 'jackfruit' from Tripura and 'litchi' from Darbhanga in Bihar.

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