Reviving the agriculture sector and help the farming community is the most important priority for the state of Andhra Pradesh. The farming sector, despite subjected to frequent crisis, remains the major source of employment, supporting lakhs of farm families.

The State with rich Livestock resources Poultry is currently providing livelihood to about 46 lakh farm families. AP State is in the forefront in egg, milk and meat production. Fisheries sector is identified as one of the growth engines for rapid socio and economic transformation of the State. Andhra Pradesh, evolving strategies to become the aquaculture capital of the world and a marine processing hub of the country, stands first both in production and in value terms in total fish/ prawn production in India.

Primary Sector Mission

The broad focus areas under primary sector mission include making agriculture and allied activities profitable and sustainable, mitigate drought through water conservation, manage post-harvest activities effectively, enhance storage, processing and value addition capacity. Primary sector departments and its sub-departments interact with other departments, within the state and also with departments under Government of India, external agencies such as banks, other state governments, private agencies and bi-lateral and multi-lateral funding institutions for discharging various functions and delivery of services.

The Primary Sector Mission launched by government will address the farm related issues like enhancing value addition from horticulture, livestock and fisheries and shortages in storage space including cold storages. The State is committed to transform the Primary Sector with an aspirational goal of making Andhra Pradesh as one of the three top leading states in India through Swarnandhra Vision by 2029.

The focused areas under the Primary Sector would be:

  • Increasing productivity of the primary sector;
  • Mitigating the impact of droughts through water conservation and micro-irrigation;
  • Postharvest management to reduce wastage;
  • Establishment of processing, value addition capacity and supply chain of the identified crops.

ICRISAT has been identified as the knowledge partner and this agency entered into an agreement with the State Government. ICRISAT is playing a crucial role in providing technical assistance to the Government of Andhra Pradesh in steering this process of Primary Sector development.

In view of the importance, the state is giving top priority for land and water related activities a separate budget is being prepared for the Primary Sector.

The challenge is to use the employment generating programs like NREGS to build assets such as rural roads, micro-irrigation and water management, while also shoring up rural incomes. In the medium-term, the time is ripe for a more broad-based response to the challenges in agriculture and to ensure that agriculture grows at about 4 percent on a sustained basis. (Economic Survey of India, 2014-15).

The broad focus areas under primary sector mission include making agriculture and allied activities profitable and sustainable, mitigate drought through water conservation, manage post-harvest activities effectively, enhance storage, processing and value addition capacity. Primary sector departments and its sub-departments interact with other departments, within the state and also with departments under Government of India, external agencies such as banks, other state governments, private agencies and bi-lateral and multi-lateral funding institutions for discharging various functions and delivery of services.