8) ICRISAT committed to support Andhra Pradesh Government
in its mission to boost income for farmers
Hyderabad, India (01 May 2015) – “We need to work together to achieve higher levels of growth with science-led interventions in the Primary Sector Mission and Andhra Pradesh should become one of the top three states in country,” said Mr. Prathipati Pulla Rao, Minister for Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Marketing, Government of Andhra Pradesh. He was addressing the participants at the closing ceremony of the two-day Andhra Pradesh Primary Sector Mission - Action Plan Preparatory Workshop, held at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) recently.
“Officers should work towards building a confidence among farmers, using their vast experience and skills. Farmers need to be motivated to achieve the goal of higher benefits,” added Mr Rao. He also highlighted ICRISAT’s technical support and guidance for the mission.
An ICRISAT-led consortium is the knowledge partner in the Andhra Pradesh Primary Sector Mission and for this initiative; the consortium is bringing knowledge generating institutions along with knowledge disseminating institutions such as line departments to achieve double digit growth in the state.
Over 220 officials from 13 districts headquarters including scientists from ICRISAT and other CGIAR centers attended the workshop. Representatives from NABARD Consultancy Services (NABCONS), Centre for Good Governance, Andhra Pradesh State Universities of Agriculture, Horticulture, Livestock and Fishery also participated and deliberated extensively on different issues of primary sector and prepared district-level action plan that would serve as the basis to prepare Mandal-level action plans.
Ensuring suitable marketing and price support, pursuing value-chain enhancements and processing through public-private partnership (PPP), minimizing financial losses by tackling post-harvest losses, and developing infrastructure for processing, storage and value addition, were some of the main action points that emerged from the workshop.
Mr SP Tucker, Special Chief Secretary and Agriculture Production Commissioner Government of Andhra Pradesh, stressed the need to adopt value chain approach and Farmers Producers Organizations (FPO) to ensure benefits for the farmers. He also highlighted the need to ensure international and national marketing linkages, infrastructure for storage, insurance and most importantly price stabilization mechanisms.
Different task force groups to work on insurance and scientific trends of production of different commodities by analyzing global data and policy support groups of secretaries were also formed. Mr Tucker also emphasized that issues like micro-nutrient deficiencies, high fertilizer application in coastal areas, low milk yield, expansion of maize in water depleting regions, improving quality to target international markets, promotion of banana and vegetables, also need attention. He exhorted the group to come up with clear strategies for the respective sectors.
Dr Peter Carberry, Deputy Director General-Research, ICRISAT assured full support to Andhra Pradesh government for the mission. He appreciated the efforts of the Special Chief Secretary Mr. Tucker for his meticulous planning of the mission.
The workshop deliberations were guided by Dr Suhas P. Wani, Director ICRISAT Development Center (IDC) and Dr KV Raju, Assistant Director, IDC, ICRISAT.