HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh government has set a target of achieving a double digit growth rate in the primary sector in the financial year 2015-16.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Secretary IYR Krishna Rao, who held a meeting with senior officials and officers of Planning, Finance, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Departments here on Wednesday, directed them to prepare an action plan to stimulate growth in the primary sector.
“The government has identified paddy, maize, groundnut, chilies, banana, mango, milk, meat, poultry and fisheries as key growth engines for 2015-16,” the Chief Secretary informed the officials.
He directed them to plan district-wise meetings with dairy farmers to sort out issues related to dairy development and to ensure growth in the production of milk. He also directed the officials to prepare commodity-wise growth rate. Special Chief Secretary Planning SP Tucker presented a power point presentation on the action plan taken up by the Animal Husbandry, Agriculture and Fisheries Departments to achieve double digit growth.
He said the estimated production of milk in the State is 301 lakh litres per day(LLPD), meat from 5.28 lakh tonnes to 6 lakh tonnes, and eggs from 1,336 crore to 1,425 crore for the year 2015-16. He said improvement of GSDP in horticulture is by 20 per cent during 2015-16.
“A total extent of 7.93 lakh hectares of freshwater resources in the State will be covered for fish and prawn production. Total fish seed (Advanced fingerlings) of 131 crore and prawn seed of 22.50 crore has been proposed to stock in freshwater resources,” he said.