Amaravati, July 14:
Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and set targets for the increase in production of aqua products and their sale at affordable prices to consumers besides ensuring remunerative prices to aqua farmers.
During the review meeting held at camp office here on Wednesday, the Chief Minister said aqua hubs were being set up in the state to achieve those target to benefit both customers and aqua farmers. The officials said the quantity of usage of aqua products in the state is 4.36 lakh metric tons per year and target is set to increase it to 12 metric tons per year. He directed the officials to focus on setting up Aqua University in the state and expedite the land acquisition works. He instructed the officials to hold discussions with the Central Government in regard to providing insurance to aqua sector.
He said to give publicity and create awareness on integrated Aqua labs and quality checkings related to aqua sector. The State Government has already opened 14 out of 35 labs and remaining 21 would be launched in November. He said aqua labs should be linked to RBKs and there should be no adulteration in aqua seed and feed.
The officials informed the Chief Minister that works in five fishing harbours and one fish land center were started to which the later said to start the works in other locations. The Chief Minister directed the officials to focus on cage fish culture and mariculture for more income and said to prepare an action plan to make farmers and enthusiasts move forward in this regard. He siad to start cage fish culture at three locations and mariculture at three locations as pilot projects.
The Chief Minister said each mandal should be considered as a unit and dispensaries should be established. He said there were mandals without dispensaries and all these should be mapped. He said two PHC, four doctors and two ambulances were being provided in each mandal
The officials said there was good response for hiring centers to which the later said natural farming should be encouraged through them.
The Chief Minister asked the officials to prepare an action plan on implementation of Nadu Nedu programme in veterinary hospitals and determine the infrastructure facilities to be developed in those hospitals and then start the works.
AP Amul Palavelluva project programmes has been started in Prakasam, Kadapa, Chittoor, Guntur and West Godavari districts would be launched in Visakhapatnam and Anantapur districts in August.
Animal Husbandry and fisheries Minister Dr Seediri Appalraju, AP Agriculture Mission Vice Chairman MVS Nagi Reddy, Animal Husbandry and fisheries Principal Secretary Poonam Malakondaiah, Finance Principal Secretary KVV Satyanarayana, APDDCF MD A Babu, Fisheries Commissioner K Kannababu, Animal Husbandry director R Amarendra Kumar and other officials were present.