The plan is to increase the department’s revenue and make AP one of the highest milk producing states in the country.
According to an official release by the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N Chandrababu Naidu, in Hyderabad, growth in the primary sector can be used to provide employment opportunities to thousands of jobseekers.
The State has ambitious plans for the current year as it aims to increase dairy, poultry and meat production by 20 per cent. This will translate to almost one crore people getting employed in the animal husbandry sector.
During the review meeting, which determined the scope of the sector in the coming years, Naidu also set a three-year target to bring animal husbandry and fisheries at par with the agriculture and horticulture departments.
With plans to increase the department’s revenue to Rs 44,241 crore, from the current Rs 36,798 crore, the officials hope to make Andhra Pradesh among the highest milk producing states. The department wishes to organise animal stalls and competitions in Sanskriti 2015, if it can achieve the targets it has set for itself.