Inauguration of AOC at Korukollu, West Godavari District

TheAqua One Centre (AOC)in Korukollu, West Godavari District was inaugurated virtually by Shri K. VenkataramanaReddy, Joint Collector (Revenue), WG Dist on behalf of Sri Kartikeya Misra, I.A.SHon’ble Collector and District Magistrate, West Godavari District in the presence of Shri K. S. Srinivas, IAS, Hon’ble Chairman, MPEDA & President, NaCSA on 01-06-2021 at 15.00Hrs. Shri K. Chandra Sekhar, Joint Director of Fisheries, WG joined in the virtual inaugural programme. Shri K. Shanmukha Rao, CEO, NaCSA welcomed all the dignitaries to the virtual inauguration of AOC at Korukollu, WG Dist.

Felicitations were done by Dr. M. Karthikeyan, Director, MPEDA HO,Shri Yogendra kumar&Shri ChapallaRamanaiah, NaCSA GC Members.

Shri Dhirit Ekka, Dy. CEO thanked all the participants for attending the inauguration of AOC in Korukollu, WG Dist.

During the programme, Hon’ble Chairman, MPEDA & President, NaCSA delivered his presidential address and discussed on the importance of AOC in Korukollu. The East & West Godavari Districts are hub of aquaculture and the Aqua One Centres will be very much helpful to all the aqua farmers of the region. He urged that around 26000 farmers will be benefitted by the establishment of AOC. He advised all the aqua farmers to use the facility of AOC which is having modern equipments for analysis of soil/water and animal health.

West Godavari District is well developed in Fisheries with Resources of Fishery wealth in Marine, Brackish Water, Reservoir and Inland Fisheries. It is in fact the aqua hub of Andhra Pradesh. It has coastline of 19 kms with total culture area of 67,518 hectares both brackish and fresh water culture with 26580 farmers registered and the aquaculture exists in 29 Mandals. The aqua potential area contributed from West Godavari district is 22,261 hectares (25 %) to that of Andhra Pradesh

At presentthere are 09 registeredAqua societies in West Godavari Dist and there are 179 farmers involved in shrimp farming with a total WSA of 140 Hectares.There are 10 upcoming societies for which NaCSA staffs are working to complete the procedure. With the establishment of AOC, the major farming areas of 05 Mandals (Palakoderu, Attili, Penumantra, Ganapuvaram and Bhimavaram) will be covered in the district. With the establishment of AOC in Korukollu, West Godavari District the major farming areas will be covered & will be helpful to the above shrimp farmers for getting their pond water/soil and animal health tested in the AOC.The establishment of AOC will also increase the efficiency of farms by monitoring their ponds, seed and water quality from stocking to harvest at regular intervals for high survival rate and better production under Continuous Pond Monitoring Programme (CPMP).