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Foundation stone for four fishing habors laid in Andha Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy laid the foundation stone for four fishing harbours in the State on the occasion of the World Fisheries Day. The harbours will come up at JuvvalaDinne in Nellore, Uppada in East Godavari district, Nizampatnam in Guntur district and Machilipatnam in Krishna district in south and central Andhra Pradesh according to local press reports.

Cost of four fishing harbours Rs 1,600 cr

The Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone for 25 aqua hubs in the State. The State government had decided to set up Ten fishing harbours in the State at an estimated cost of Rs 4500 crore. The total cost of the four fishing harbours to be constructed in the first phase is Rs 1,600 crore . 

In the first phase, tenders have been called for the four fishing harbours at Juvvaladinne, Nizampatnam,  Machilipatnam and Uppada costing around Rs 1600 crore and the government aims at completing them in the next two years. The tenders will be finalised in the second week of December.

Although Andhra Pradesh has the second longest coastline of about 1000 kilometers in the country, successive government y neglected the maritime activity and established only small fishing harbours.

Through the new fishing harbours, it is expected that an additional 2.37 lakh tonnes of fish and prawns worth nearly Rs 500 crore will be added. .

State government will be developing these green energy harbours with modern facilities

The State government will be developing these green energy harbours with modern facilities such as cold storage units, fish processing units, chill centres, boat handling, and repair facilities. It is also planned to provide one or two coastal cargo berths in the fishing harbours, wherever feasible, to facilitate export operations.

Along with the Ten fishing harbours, the State government has decided to develop one aqua hub each in every assembly constituency, depending on feasibility. The main objective of the aqua hubs is to provide better quality fish, prawns and other seafood and improve the domestic consumption, thereby the demand.

Fish and other seafoods are rich in nutrients and recommended for consumption to improve immunity. Further, to ensure optimum remunerative price for the aqua farmers, the aqua hubs which will be managed by Aqua Farmers Societies.

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