Aimed at expanding the scope of enriching the fisheries sector, the Andhra Pradesh is gearing up for constructing 12 jetties and also to develop three ports. The Machilipatnam port is to be developed as a major port, said Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy during a review meeting held at Amaravati.
The Chief Minister directed the officials to prepare an action plan for the construction of the jetties. He directed the officials to build jetties wherever the fishermen found it feasible.
Another major issue that was discussed at the meeting was with regard to the fisher families who had left the state for Gujarat. An estimated 25,000 fishermen families have migrated to Gujarat and could be brought back to the state, the officials told the meeting. Jagan told the officials to take necessary steps to bring them back to the state.
With respect to aqua fishing, the chief minister said that the aqua farmers should be educated on various forms of fish farming and asked the officials to conduct workshops. He also pointed out that once a region is declared as hatchery zone, no other industry should be given permission there. IOT has to be noted that the previous government had given permission to a few pharma companies to function in hatchery zones in Godavari region.