Focus on the development of fishing ports: CM

Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Tuesday discussed the Agri Infra Fund’s projects with ministers and senior officials in ministries of agriculture and their related sectors such as marketing, AP Dairy Development Cooperative Federation, fisheries, food processing company and animal husbandry.

Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy directed the officers to focus on developing the fishing ports in Kakinada, Kothapatnam (Prakasam District) and Pudimadaka (Visakhapatnam District).

Officials said the projects cost 15,743 billion yen.

“I want full integration of the facilities made available to farmers. Multipurpose facility centers should be established in the Rythu Bharosa Kendras. Farmers should be given access to dry storage facilities, dry platforms, PDS storage facilities, Janata bazaars, and all of these 16 projects should be put on a loggerhead. We are building 4,277 dry storage facilities, drying platforms, 60 PDS warehouses, 1,483 milk procurement centers, cold stores, turmeric boilers, 10,678 milk collection points, ”said Jagan Mohan Reddy.

He said 9,899 bulk milk cooling units and 8,051 automatic milk cooling units would be built over the next year, and estimates are ₹ 1,885.76 billion for the BMCs and ₹ 942.77 billion for the AMCs. Land acquisitions would begin for the construction of these units, he said.

Milk procurement

Officials said Amul Dairy was in the process of procuring milk and had so far procured 50.01 lakh liters from 12,342 farmers and paid 23.42 billion yen bills.

In the first phase, four fishing ports – Uppada (East Godavari), Nizampatnam (Guntur), Machilipatnam (Krishna) and Juvvaladinne (Nellore) would be completed by December 2022, officials said.

In the second phase, fishing ports would be built in Budagatlapalem (Srikakulam), Pudimadaka (Visakhapatnam), Biyyaputippa (West Godavari) and Odarevu (Prakasam).

Food processing

The state government would also build 10,111 food processing units in each constituency and also start millet processing units.

The government would also build 10,750 custom hiring centers at the Rythu Bharosa Kendras level. High-tech hubs for agricultural mechanization would be set up in 175 locations in the state.

Agriculture Minister K. Kanna Babu, Special Chief Secretary Poonam Malakondaiah, Special Chief Secretary (Industries) Karikala Valavan, Secretary (Finance) SS Rawat, Principal Secretary (Marketing) Y. Madhusudana Reddy, Commissioner (Marketing) PS Pradyumna and APDDCF Director Ahmed Babu present.

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