Mr. Sathyamaiah, 43, belongs to a backward community in Nagireddipalli village, Ipperu Panchayat, Kudair Mandal in Ananthapuram district. He has 1 ½ acres of grape garden and, in spite of having 4 bore-wells on his property, he still spent nearly Rs.2,50,000/- on water for the garden due to poor water levels in them. The purchased water came in tankers from 3km away and formed a major portion of his costs.
A group of village farmers including Mr. Sathyamaiah requested RDT to help them construct a Percolation Tank to conserve water in and around the village. The villagers, including Mr. Sathyamaiah, worked enthusiastically with RDT and the job was completed in 2014. Subsequent rains enabled 17 bore wells in the village to recharge. This project was a huge success in the village, as the yields began to improve, pushing up incomes and helping villagers’ prospects flourish.
Mr. Sathyamaiah’s bore-wells were also recharged and enabled substantial cuts to his expenses on watering his crops and improved yields to 16 tonnes and a net income of Rs.6,90,000/-. This year, he expects nearly 32-35 tonnes grapes and an increase in net income of up to 9-10 lakhs.
“With RDT’s help, I am no longer depending on purchased water, which has made a big difference to my costs and profits from my farming.”