Pharma industries Zone in AP & coffee cultivation in Vizag

News Posted - 2010-10-06, Last Updated - 2010-10-06

The Andhra Pradesh government was working on creating zones for pharma industries to avoid pollution problem.

It has set up the Jawaharlal Nehru Pharma City in Visakhapatnam and has proposed the Petroleum, Chemicals, Petrochemical Investment Region covering East Godavari and Vizag where waste could be let out into the sea, said chief minister K Rosaiah.

Speaking at a seminar on 'Indian pharma industry' here on Friday, he said AP had identified pharma as a potential sector to contribute to the growth of the state.

However, pharma industries around Hyderabad have become congested and were posing environmental challenges. To address this, the state together with the Centre was promoting a pharma cluster near here with Rs 66.16 crore.

The state ranked first in the manufacturing of bulk drugs and third in formulations in the country. It accounts for 40 per cent of the total Indian bulk drug production and 50 per cent of the bulk drug exports. The state pharma industry and exports were expected to grow at 20 per cent.

Bulk Drug Manufacturers Association president K Nityananda Reddy asked the government to bring the pharma industry under the Essential Services and Maintenance Act.

The chief minister, who also spoke at the International Vaccine Technology Workshop, urged vaccine manufacturers and researchers to come up with practical solutions and funding alternatives to safeguard public health.

The state had recently allocated 200 acre for setting up a medical and bio-medical devices unit and also proposed to implement the Jan-Aushadhi programme of the Centre. US Pharmacopeia was setting up a facility with an investment of Rs 60 crore in Genome Valley, the first-of-its-kind outside the US. Source: BS 19/9/10

Rs 350 cr to boost coffee cultivation in Vizag

The Andhra Pradesh government is promoting coffee cultivation in the agency areas of Visakhapatnam for which it would spend around Rs 350 crore over the next seven to eight years along with other organisations.

Since the coffee produced in these areas is of international quality, the government is encouraging coffee plantation by tribal here jointly with the Coffee Board, Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS).

The agency areas, under the scheme, would take up coffee plantation and shade tree plantation in 104,000 acres. Of the total Rs 350 crores investment, the Coffee Board would provide Rs 62 crore. The remaining would come from NREGS while ITDA would monitor the plantation programme.

"Coffee plantation has been completed on about 12,000 acres. Once the total plantation is complete on 104,000 acres, we may get 8,000-10,000 tonnes of coffee seeds every year from here," Coffee Board sources said.

At present, the Andhra Pradesh Forest Development Corporation (APFDC) cultivates coffee on about 10,000 acres in the reserve forest area. The coffee produced from this area had also received the 'flavour of India fine cup' award.

APFDC expects 900 tonnes of coffee production during this year. "Last year, the production was only 690 tonnes due to unfavourable weather, but this year, the production would touch 900-1,000 tonnes,"AN Gurumurthy, group manager, APFDC, told Business Standard.

He said the price this year will remain more or less the same as 2009-10, which was Rs 140 a kg. Source: BS 9/9/10