Around the year 2000, there was an initiative from AP state called ‘Chinta Nischinta’, literally ‘worry-free Tamarind’, which promoted tamarind plantation on wastelands as a means of income generation for Panchayats. This programme ran in tandem with RDT’s initiatives in afforestation. For all these, RDT sourced saplings and seeds from government and private agencies and entrusted village committees to oversee plantings, protect the resulting growth from those who would cut trees or use the land for cattle-grazing.
To a limited extent, RDT also gave saplings to landowning villagers wishing to practice afforestation, even if for commercial purposes. Improved afforestation levels increased the avenues for gainful employment and eco-friendly livelihood patterns. Afforestation has also had a positive impact in increasing the district’s green cover, averting soil erosion and in conservation of soil moisture. Resultingly, the district has seen the optimized use of wastelands and agricultural fallow lands through agro-forestry practices.