VISAKHAPATNAM: DISTRICT collector N Yuvaraj on Saturday stressed the need to focus more on agriculture sector, as, according to him, the gross income from the particular sector is low.
Yuvaraj also wanted MSMEs to be encouraged in the district.
As a part of the Navanirmana deeksha activities, the collector addressed his officials, who gathered at the YVS Murthy Auditorium.
On the occasion, Yuvaraj said that from the service sector the gross income is 41 per cent and from the industrial sector, it is 40 per cent but from the agriculture sector it is just 19 per cent.
He said that compared to other districts, productivity in agriculture sector in Visakhapatnam district is very less, as lack of much cultivable land in the district continues to be problem.
The collector said that industrial sector occupies over 20,000 acres, while 6,000 more acres will be going towards that sector in the ensuing three to four years.
“There is a need to identify more agricultural lands at the mandal level. Agricultural and horticulture departments should be strengthened,” he said.
Yuvaraj also said that last year, the state government came up with developmental activities with Rs 65,129 crore, while this year, the developmental activities are being taken up with Rs 74,454 crore.
He also expressed his happiness over the district coming top in per capita income, and appealed to his team to continue the spirit.
Visakhapatnam Rural SP Rahul Dev Sharma appealed to public to bring to the notice of police any issue. GVMC commissioner Pravin Kumar and several others also took part in the programme.