Govindappa belonged to Sankaragalli community in Madakasira region of Ananthapuram. He was living in a house provided by the government and has 21/2 acres of land.
R.D.T. was a familiar entity in the sectors of education, hospitals, women welfare related programs in the region and in May 2014, members from the Ecology team initiated land development activities in our village
The land for this reason was divided in two categories. One, which was under the community, located near the hills. Second, where the part of the land was filled with rocks and boulders, and was unsuitable for cultivation. The 2½ acres of land which was mine, had 10 per cent of it under the second category
With RDT’s intervention, and introduction of their work in our village, helped in clearing out of large rocks from the land. This made the land fit for cultivation.
Govindappa planted groundnut seeds after the monsoon season for harvest. Earlier, before RDTs intervention, he would sow only 60 kilograms of seeds, but this time he was able to sow 65 kilograms. It was a great success for him to be able to increase his yields and income. This success helped him gain confidence on the various innovations by government or by RDT to maintain his land and boost his income.
“I am very thankful to RDT to introduce their programme here, which enables us to earn more, increase our yields and enhance our lives.”