Agriculture-Post Harvest Processing & Value Chain – Summary


The residuary state of Andhra Pradesh, post-bifurcation, has 13 districts spread over 6 agro-climatic zones with 5 different broad soil types to cultivate a wide range of crops. It is also bestowed with a long coastline of 974 kms. The state is leading in production of palm oil, chilli, citrus, tomato, turmeric, fish and prawn and egg. Almost 62% of the population of the state is dependent on Agriculture and Allied Sectors, which contribute only 27.59% of the GSDP (Current prices). The current challenges being faced in this sector are Low and stagnant crop productivity, low per farm productivity, deterioration of soil health, poor farm mechanization, weak market integration, inadequate post harvest logistics and agri-infrastructure, low levels of value addition, etc. inadequate extension activities, etc.

To ignite the growth of the overall Sector, the concentration should be on the following areas-:
  • Improving farm productivity
  • Minimizing farm level wastage
  • Capturing value at farm gate by primary processing
  • Efficient marketing and supply chain operations
  • Venturing into secondary and tertiary level processing

The development of Primary Sector has been envisioned based on Job creation, enterprise creation, productivity enhancement, technology transfer and linkage with global value chain. The Sunrise Andhra Pradesh Vision 2029 targets to increase the per farm and per capita value generation in the primary sector through the following broad strategies-

  • 1. Output improvement
  • 2. Increasing efficiency
  • 3. Waste minimization
  • 4. Value enhancement
  • 5. Risk mitigation
  • 6. Institutions, Governance and Institutional Credit

The Sector Paper has discussed all the issues pertaining to Agriculture, Horticulture, Livestock and Fisheries and Food Processing and the strategies/interventions required to be taken up in short, medium and long term, in detail, to position Andhra Pradesh as India's leading state in agribusiness and agro-processing to enable value driven growth, local job creation and market oriented agri-business operations. The Paper has also covered all the Key performance indicators which can be monitored in order to track the performance against the set targets in the short term, by 2022 and 2029.