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Sivapuram Chenchu Gudem is an tribal village, in Kothapalli mandal of Kurnool district. The source of household income for most of the families was hunting. Though having one acre of land for each household that is allocated by the government, they were totally dependent on the low income getting from hunting. The land owning by them was uncultivable due to various reasons such as not having interest in farming, lack of proper infrastructure and facilities to cultivate the land, etc.
When Ramky Foundation approached the farmers to take up horticulture plantation with the aim of converting them as farmers under Integrated Tribal Development Project, all the villagers except Nimmala Venkateshwarlu were totally against the Foundation with the misunderstanding that we will take over their lands allotted by government.
Nimmala Venkateshwarlu is the only person, who understood the aim of the project and came forward to take up horticulture plantation in his one acre of land. Immediately after taking approval from him and his family in 2010, all the works such as developing the land, digging of pits, plantation of Mango and Sapota, irrigation, trainings on farm based activities, protection of plants, application of pesticides and fertilizers, etc, were happened so fast that within few years of time rotation, his uncultivable land has become a green orchard. Total of 39 manglo plants and 30 sapota plants were raised in his land along with Teak as the border plantation. Within four years, each plant in his field has produced 30 kgs of fruits, which made Venkateshwarlu very surprised. He expressed his gratitude to Ramky Foundation that ‘I never imagined my land growing as a green orchard. I am surprised to see better yield in my farm”.
Venkateshwarlu’s story inspired many people in the village. In 2014, after experiencing fruitful results in his farm, the other 43 households came forward to take up horticulture plantation in their lands. Now there are no hunters in Sivapuram Chenchu Gudem; all are farmers.
The tribal population of India constitutes of 9% of total population distributed over 94,000 tribal villages. Tribals are dependent mainly on agriculture, forests and livestock. But the deteriorating forest resources have endangered the agriculture and livestock productivity due to shrinking of water resources and poor fuel & fodder supply. The small, marginal, fragmented, un-irrigated and mono crop agriculture holdings and low productive livestock population do not offer adequate opportunities for their livelihood. These factors, therefore, compel them for migration to nearby towns for subsistence, leaving their productive assets idle. Tribals residing in remote areas are still devoid of common infrastructure facilities of road and communication, health and education and safe drinking water, etc.Ramky Foundation, with its commitment for overall development of tribal population through both farm and non-farm activities, has been implementing the Integrated Tribal Development Project in the remote tribal villages of two states viz. Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal with the support of NABARD. The aim of the project is comprehensive tribal development through “Wadi” model (ref: “Wadi” in Gujarati means a ‘small orchard’ covering one or two acre of barren land), whose objective is rejuvenation of the environment in an integrated and comprehensive manner leading to improved quality of life of poor tribal families. The components covered under this program are;
- Orchard development
- Soil conservation
- Water Resources Management
- Women Development
- Community health
- Micro Enterprise for landless people
- Processing and marketing
- Human Resources Development
- Other auxiliary components to dovetail with above activities
- Areas of Implementation:RF is implementing the Integrated Tribal Development Program (ITDP) with the support of NABARD’s Tribal Development Fund (TDF) in two states viz. Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. In Andhra Pradesh, the project is implementing in Atmakur, Kothapalli and Pamulapadu mandals of Kurnool district covering 1000 acres in 11 villages benefitting 1100households (including 100 landless families).In West Bengal, the project is implementing in Sankrail Block of Paschim Medinipur district covering 528 acres benefitting 850 households of 25 villages.
Ramky Foundation is implementing the "Environmental Effectiveness through Efficient Solid Waste Management" project at Pedakakani, Guntur district. The project was funded by NABARD under the Environmental Promotional Assistance scheme. A total amount of Rs.10 lakhs has been sanctioned by NABARD under the scheme and the Ramky Foundation is contributing another Rs.3 lakhs for the same.