Pradeep Pattanayak

In a piece of good news for the people of Jharsuguda in particular and Odisha in general, Jharsuguda airport has been covered under Krishi Udan Scheme 2.0. 

With this, the long-standing demand of the people, particularly farmers of Jharsuguda and neighbouring districts, has been fulfilled. The facility for transporting agricultural products and food grains is going to be launched at the airport soon. The manufacturers of this part of the state can now be able to send their products to other states by air. 

Besides Jharsuguda airport, 57 other airports from across the nation have been included under the scheme which was announced on October 27, 2021, with a view to transporting perishable food products. 

The scheme was envisioned to increase the share of air carriage of agri-products including horticulture, fishery, livestock and processed products. Ultimately, the scheme will go a long way in helping farmers improve their financial condition. 

In the first phase, 53 airports were covered, and later five more were added. These 58 airports are Adampur, Agartala, Agatti, Agra, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bareli, Bhuj, Bhuntar, Chandigarh, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Dibrugarh, Dimapur, Gaggal, Goa, Gorakhpur, Hindon, Imphal, Indore, Jaisalmer, Jammu, Jamnagar, Jodhpur, Jorhat, Jharsuguda, Kanpur, Kolkata, Leh, Lengpui, Lilabari, Nashik, Pakyong, Pantnagar, Pathankot, Patna, Pithoragarh, Port-Blair, Prayagraj, Pune, Raipur, Rajkot, Ranchi, Rupsi, Shillong, Shimla, Silchar, Srinagar, Tezpur, Tezu, Thiruvananthapuram, Tiruchirappalli, Varanasi, Visakhapatnam, Belagavi, Bhopal, Darbhanga, Jabalpur and Jharsugada.