Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday asked the Centre to introduce an air-conditioned train from Punjab to other market destinations across the country to enable durability of farm products from the state.

In a communiqué to Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, Badal said the Centre under the National Horticulture Mission had already introduced an Air-conditioned train for ferrying fruits and vegetables from Surat to Agra via New Delhi.

The train has been conceived with the aim to increase the shelf life of the fruits, which shortens if transported by road since the latter involves a longer journey time.

Studies also revealed that 30 per cent of such goods perished if transported by goods train.

The Chief Minister also mentioned that Punjab has also diversified its agriculture outputs and today the state, in addition to food grains was also producing vegetables and fruits in large quantities.

Lakh of storage facilities have, however, shortened the shelf life of this produce.

(Agencies)

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