Post the foundation ceremony of ANGRAU in Guntur, Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh announced that more aquaculture institutions and a couple of agricultural research centres will also be set up in AP. The minister had an hour-long discussion with tthe CM N Chandrababu Naidu along with others ministers in Vijayawada yesterday (16 Nov 2015) on the subject.
Mr Singh is clearly impressed with the performance of the state in the areas of aquaculture. He congratulated AP for its top position in the shrimp exports, that makes up to 46 per cent of the total exports from the country. Mr Singh announced to set up a National Breed Bank for the improvement of Rohu, Catla and Pangas fish breeds. He earnestly wanted the state to do well in lines of fish production and exports.
The suggested National Breed Bank (NBB) will come up in any of the 50 seed farms within the state. To this effect, a scientific team from the Centre will shortly visit AP to complete the process as confirmed by the minister. Mr Singh also announced to establish Breeder Multiplication Centre for L-Vannamei (a popular variety of prawn), which will help produce more seed.
Now, the existing unit of Central Institute of Fisheries Education at Balabhadrapuram in Kakinada will be upgraded into a regional centre, and the minister announced Centre for Brackish Water Aquaculture regional centre for which the state government has to provide the required land anywhere along its long cost. This centre is currently located in Chennai. Mr Radha Mohan Singh also sanctioned Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA) at Penamaluru in Vijayawada. There is only one CIFA now located in Bhubaneswar.
In the agriculture sector, Mr Singh sanctioned Central Rice Research Institute (CRRI) sub-centre in Srikakulam district, now present in Bhubaneswar. He asked the CM to look into a proposal for setting up the Indian Institute of Rice Research in the West Godavari district.
The Union minister seems to have responded positively to the CM’s request to consider the state for implementation of Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana. Under this scheme, the Centre will provide Rs 30,000 per acre for three years. greatly benefiting the farmers in the state.
Mr Naidu also sought Centre’s active aid with the areas of drought, micro-irrigation and oil palm issues. He also explained the initiatives taken up by the state such as river interlinking, micro irrigation, neeru-chettu, etc.
Mr Chandrababu Naidu asked for a clear announcement from the Centre on the oil palm crisis and urged them to announce a price based on the prevailing market conditions.
The minister replied to the requests saying that a concerned committee will review the situation and take necessary steps in the coming 10 days.
Several dignitaries like Union civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Parakala Prabhakar, advisor to the state government, communication) and other higher officials of agriculture and allied sectors were present during the meetings.