“Start second phase of infrastructure development”

Amaravati, July 26:

Be prepared to start work on second phase of infrastructure facilities in Agriculture and Allied sectors. Focus on completing the projects in stipulated time and closely monitor the progress of works regularly, officials were told.

Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy reviewed the establishment of multipurpose centres, custom hiring centres, food processing units, fishing harbors, bulk milk cooling centres to be developed at an estimated cost of Rs 16,236 crore.

Multipurpose Facility Centers
Multi Purpose Facility Centres (MPFCs) are being setup at RBKs to provide farmers 15 types of infrastructure facilities including
Dry storage, drying platforms, godowns,horticulture infrastructure, primary processing centres, assaying equipment, “Nadu Nedu” works in market yards and E-marketing‌ and the estimated cost for all these works is Rs.2930 crore.

Community hiring centers
Community hiring centers are being set up at RBKs level and farm mechanisation high-tech high value hubs at constituency level. The State Government has setup 3250 Community Hiring Centers first phase and under the second phase, another 3250 community hiring centers will be set up by September, 500 harvesters and 85 hubs will be set up.
As part of the third phase, 4250 community centers, 535 harvesters and 85 hubs will be set up by December
A total of 10,750 Community Hiring Centers, 1035 Combined Harvesters, 175 Hubs will be set up and all these works are estimated at around Rs 2,134 crore.

The Chief Minister said the machinery will be available to farmers through community hiring centers, shortage of labour issue will be decreased and agriculture implements will be made available at low prices. He said to increase skills among farmers on maintenance and usage of Agriculture Machinery and added to introduce those courses in ITI and Polytechnic education. The Chief Minister said to display the details of machinery with rental details in RBKs and to take the suggestions from Farmers Advisory Boards in this regard. He said to setup community hiring centers with relevant equipment in areas where milk production is high.

Seed Cum Millet Processing Units
The Officials informed the Chief Minister that 33 seed cum millet processing units will be setup in the state with atleast one unit in each parliamentary constituency and more units depending on requirement. Land Identification to setup these units has been completed.

The State Government will be setting up Automatic Milk Collection Centers and Bulk Milk Cooling Centers as a part of Jagananna Pala Velluva Programme with an estimated cost of Rs 4,190 crore. The Chief Minister said financial assistance to eligible women has been provided through YSR Chyetutha and YSR Asara scheme’s assistance will be provided in September and directed the officials to provide cattle and sheep to whoever opted for them.

The officials informed the Chief Minister the progress of works related to setting up Fish and Prawns processing units, pre processing units, fishing harbours, fish land centers ans aqua hubs and it was estimated around Rs 3997 crore for all these works. The State Government will set up 10 processing units, 23 pre-processing units and 100 aqua hubs with a total of 133 units in Aqua sector and plan was prepared to launch processing centres in September 2022. The officials said Fish landing center works were almost completed in Manchinillapeta and efforts are being made to set up fish landing centers at Chintapalli, Bhimili, Rajayapeta and Kottapatnam and to set up floating jetties in 20 locations. The Chief Minister directed the officials to develop minimum infrastructure facilities in existing 340 fish landing centers. The officials said construction works are in progress in four fishing harbours and the Chief Minister said to start the works soon in remaining four harbours. The State Government is planning to setup secondary food processing units, micro food processing enterprises, quality testing labs, skill development and incubation centers and sees cum millet processing units under AP Food Processing Center with an estimated cost of Rs 2,961 crore.

The Chief Minister said the State Government has procured many crops except paddy and cotton with an expenditure of Rs 6,200 crore to benefit farmers. He said measures are being taken to strengthen food processing policy to support farmers.

Animal Husbandry
The State Government has decided to set up organic dairies and Animal Husbandry custom hiring centers at RBKs level with an estimated cost of Rs 22.25 crore and the works will start in September.

Agriculture Minister Kurasala Kannababu, Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fisheries Minister Seediri Appalraju, Agriculture Mission Vice Chairman MVS Nagi Reddy, Agriculture Special Chief Secretary Poonam Malakondaiah, Industries Special Chief Secretary Karikala Valaven, Finance Secretary KVV Satyanarayana, Marketing and Cooperative Principal Secretary Y Madhusudan Reddy, Agriculture & Marketing Commissioner Pradhyumna, APDDC director Dr Ahmed Babu, Agriculture Commissioner H Arun Kumar, Fisheries Commissioner K Kannababu, Horticulture Commissioner F S Sridhar, Animal Husbandry director Amarendra Kumar, AP Food Processing Society CEO L Sridhar Reddy and other officials were present.

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