Following productively ferrying medical consignments in its iconic crimson vans, India Post is now helping mango growers to entry market amid transportation disruptions owing to lockdown.
In a very first hard work in Gujarat Circle, India Post has started out ferrying Alphonso mango from the heartland Valsad district to Surat making use of its mail motor provider. To start with consignment of 900 kg of Alphonso mango dispatched from Vapi in Valsad and shipped in Surat.
“Presently owing to lockdown, wholesale traders are purchasing straight from the mango orchards. But transportation remained a obstacle for them. Given that we have an recognized logistics network by way of all the districts, these persons bought engaged with us and we started out taking mangoes along with our mails in the motor provider,” Ashok Kumar Poddar, Chief Post Master Normal (CPMG), Gujarat Circle explained to Businessline. The provider will be extended to across Gujarat and Mumbai by way of the highway network.
India Post works by using its Mail Motor Service and normally takes the automobiles right up to mango orchards, from wherever they pick up the consignments and deliver to the destined locations which includes warehouses or bulk purchaser premises.
“These automobiles go on behalf of the traders, who convey to us from which orchard the mango has to be picked-up. And we deliver it to the locations they propose,” he additional.
Notably, a number of troubles ended up faced in professional transportation. While some declined the provider to crimson zones of Covid-19, some other individuals faced difficulty in arranging drivers owing to mass exodus of migrants. There ended up troubles in inter-district and inter-state motion for professional automobiles as properly. In these types of a circumstance, several instances transporters overcharged or declined the provider to traders or farmers.
“This the well timed enable for people and farmers. The mango harvest has begun and the fruit becoming perishable it was crucial to transportation it at the right time to the markets,” he said.
A lot more and more purchasers are now approaching India Post for the provider. There are ample auto arrangements even for greater consignments of about 2-three tonnes of mango. The freight billed is nominal ₹10 per kg for scaled-down consignments and there are low cost for greater shipments.
“We will quickly connect Talala Industry in Junagadh – recognized for its Kesar wide variety of mango and start off offering to other elements of the State and to Mumbai as properly,” additional Poddar.
Checking out Cotton transports
Poddar also knowledgeable that amid disrupted professional transportation circumstance, India Post is also discovering a logistic remedy for Cotton Company of India (CCI) for transporting cotton from the procurement centers to the warehouses.
“The talks are at the preliminary phase as there is no urgency at present. But we are discussing with CCI to indicator a memorandum of being familiar with (MoU) for these types of a provider,” he additional.
CCI procures cotton from farmers at the least assist selling price (MSP) rates and outlets the quantities at its designated warehouses.