The Chief Minister met with Mr. Suresh Kilam, Executive Director of Marketing of Asia Pulp and Paper, one of the largest conglomerates in Indonesia spanning across Banking, Infrastructure, Agribusiness communications, Cooking oil, Palm oil, real estate and telecommunications.
The company presented their requirement of a single site of 2,500 acres, to set up a plant for manufacturing 3 to 5 million tons of paper. The plant will require land in a coastal area, produce only packaging paper, and will have a daily import and export of materials weighing around 30,000 tons. Dr. P. Krishnaiah, Executive Chairman of APIIC, suggested that they should look at available plots of land in Kakinada, Visakhapatnam, Krishnapatnam, and Machilipatnam.
The Chief Minister enquired about import and export potential, discharge information and the plan of action. Mr. Kilam said that once the land is confirmed, they will submit a feasibility report in 50 days, and will have a gestation period of 30 months. The meeting was facilitated by Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board, and the Chief Minister assured him of all the support required.
Meeting with Bayer:
The Chief Minister met with officials of Bayer, a German multinational company and one of the oldest agro-chemicals, crop sciences and pharmaceuticals company in the world. Srinath Bala, Chief Marketing Officer, Peter R. Mueller, Head of Region APAC 2 (South Asia) at Bayer CropScience Limited and Rajvi S. Rathi, Vice President – Public and Government Affairs, Bayer CropScience Limited presented a proposal to bring leading innovation in chemical and biological crop protection with aid of technology and digital farming. The objective of their proposal was to bring all stakeholders together and provide the farmers with access to market and technology for water, nutrition and economic management.
The Chief Minister encouragingly said that this project should focus their efforts on small and marginal farmers. He said, “We want technological penetration in agriculture. We also have many systems in place for soil testing, use of drones and CCTV and other aspects of the Internet of Things.” He also said that they can explore Madanapalli for tomato cultivation and the district Chittoor for mango cultivation.
The officials said that they are keen to take the project forward and will revert with more specifics regarding the scale, requirements and past experience.
Meeting with Cement Manufacturers:
The Chief Minister also met officials from various cement companies regarding the pricing of cement for the Polavaram Project. The officials ensured that they will fully support the Government of AP and all the commitments will be fulfilled at the earliest.
The Chief Minister also mentioned that strong action will be taken against people misusing the government’s cement. He said, “This is a serious issue and I will take strict action against anyone misusing the government’s property.”