A day of visit to lay a foundation stone for ANGRAU campus in Guntur yesterday had massively turned the tide in favor of Andhra Pradesh. Union Minister for Agriculture, Radha Mohan Singh, was not just thrilled with the state’s position and performer as a leading fisheries and shrimp exporter. He went a notch further to discuss way forward plans with the state government and also grant sanctions for some of the long due ventures for Andhra that would propel the positioning with agriculture.
The Union Minister, who was in Vijayawada and happened to spend massive amount of time discussing the state of affairs with CM Chandrababu Naidu, is one among the few heads from the Central government who got into action asap. AP government had been chasing many proposals on the agri and aqua cultural front with Delhi for quite a while, with intermittent responses and vague conclusions. But as soon as Mr Singh entered the state roaming, AP already has sanctions for more aquaculture and agricultural research centers from the man.
Mr Singh, who was in awe of Andhra’s top play as a business generator in shrimp exports and flaunting a long coastline, made sure to have elaborate discussions with the Chief Minister and his delegates yesterday in Vijayawada. The minister has now assured setting up of a National Breed Bank (NBB), which will improve the breeding of Rohu, Catla and Panga fish. He has also stated that the existing unit of CIFE (Central Institute of Fisheries Education) in Kakinada will be hereby upgraded into a regional center. This will offer a major boost to the legacy of fishery farming within the state.
That was not all. The state saw some happy ‘Radhe’ hours as the Union Minister went on a granting spree, declaring the sanctions for CIFA and CRRI in Vijayawada and Srikakulam. Mr Singh went ahead and gave a positive response to all the state’s pending proposals that would affect the uplifting of the farmers in the form of Yojanas and schemes.
So what looked like an impossible mission and an ongoing drag in the form of delayed go ahead saw an instant wake in the momentum with Union Minister’s personal interaction with the state. Perhaps this is a healthy sign and a shout out to the Centre to come and spend more time in AP. This necessitates them to understand where the state stands and the kind of potential it holds in the areas of agriculture, technology, service and retail.
Mr Radha Mohan Singh’s prompt decision to act on the pending issues of AP is definitely worth an applaud. Goes on to show that there are union ministers who sync in with the places they visit and tap the unearthed prospects. Perhaps, its also time that CM Sri N Chandrababu Naidu invited more of New Delhi here and held such real time interactions. For, this formula is definitely working.