Saturday, April 11, 2020

Air India To Ferry Fruits, Vegetables To London, Frankfurt To Help Farmers

New Delhi: Maharaja to the rescue, again. This time for Indian farmers. Two Air India flights, operating under the Krishi Udan programme, would be carrying seasonal fruits and vegetables to London and Germany's Frankfurt.
"Air India has scheduled operations to London on April 13 and Frankfurt on April 15 under Krishi Udan programme. Both flights would be carrying seasonal fruits and vegetables from Indian farmers," a senior functionary in the government told NDTV.

According to him, on their return journey they would be bringing essential medical supplies.

Krishi Udan scheme has been started by the government to assist farmers in transporting agricultural products abroad.

"This gives direct marketing access and open up new opportunities for both import and export that would benefit farmers," states a senior bureaucrat.

Meanwhile, an air bridge connection has also been established by the centre with China from April 4 onward for transportation of pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and COVID-19 relief material.

On Saturday morning, Air India Flight AI349 arrived in Mumbai from China's Shanghai.

"Essential medical supplies were brought from Shanghai. Now, they would be distributed to different states as per requirement," an officer says.

Since the coronavirus outbreak in China, Air India not only has evacuated Indians from many difficult locations but also have operated 119 flights ferrying COVID-19 related medical equipment and essentials to various parts of the country.
11/09/20 Neeta Sharma/NDTV
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