EVOLUTION OF THE DEPARTMENT
The State of Andhra Pradesh was formed on 1st November, 1956
by merging the nine districts of Telangana region of
Hyderabad State, with those of Andhra State. Andhra state
was itself formed on 1st October 1953 by partitioning the
composite Madras State. Hence the origin and development of
Agriculture Department in Andhra Pradesh relates to the
origin and development of the Agriculture Department in
Madras and Hyderabad States.
Based on the climate parameters i.e., rainfall and temperature, the State is broadly divided into 9 distinct Agro-Climatic Zones.
Agriculture in Andhra Pradesh is mostly dependent on rainfall. Agricultural production depends upon the seasonal distribution of rainfall.
The total geographical area of the State is 275.04 lakh hectares. Out of the total geographical area, net area sown, 22.6 percent is under forests, 9.8 percent is under current fallow lands, 9.6 percent is under non-agricultural uses and 7.5 percent is under barren and uncultivable land. Read More....
Andhra Pradesh is endowed with a variety of soils ranging from poor coastal sands to highly fertile deltaic alluviums.
Red soils occupy over 66% of the cultivated area and are mostly situated in Rayalaseema districts.
A. State Level
It is headed by hon'ble Minister for Agriculture, assisted by an officer of the cadre of Principal Secretary/ Secretary. The Principal Secretary Agriculture and Co-operation is the administrative head in the secretariat on behalf of the State Government assisted by Joint Secretaries, Deputy Secretaries, Asst. Secretaries, Section Officers and Sub staff.
2. Commissionerate of Agriculture
The Head of the dept. is Commissioner of Agriculture, who is senior IAS Officer. He virtually handles the post of Director of Agriculture also. He is assisted by Five Additional Directors of Agriculture, of whom one Additional DA is the principal, ASTI Old Malakpet and other four are stationed in the Commissionerate of Agriculture. Read More....