Lime cultivation through MGNREGS

Shri Paturi Sambasiva Rao owned an acre of land but, in the absence of adequate irrigation facilities, it was a non-performing asset. In 2013-14, he approached the MGNREGS field assistant, to seek advice on how to make his land cultivable and earn income from it. Post field inspection, Shri Rao was advised to cultivate acid... Continue Reading →


Life secured with open well at Govindapuram

Govindapuram village in Madakasira mandal of Ananthapur district does not have any perennial water sources. Farmers here practice rain fed agriculture and experience regular stress of income insecurity especially those who have small landholdings. Dependency on rain brings uncertainty in crop yields. Shri Balappa is one such farmer who owns two acres of land and... Continue Reading →

MGNREGS restores village life

Many a times, lack of work and sustainable income generation opportunities push villagers to migrate to other places for work, especially daily wagers. This disturbs family balance, health and education opportunities and is not a viable long term solution. MGNREGS works and creation of assets have provided opportunities to citizens in rural India to earn... Continue Reading →

Farm ponds ensure abundant water supply

Gaddasam village in Dattirajeru mandal of Vizianagaram district has six irrigation tanks that together with a couple of tube wells and open wells provide water for the agricultural lands. The total area under cultivation is 1580 acres for kharif and rabi crops and 240 acres for horticulture crops. 0f the total population of 2695 in... Continue Reading →

Fishing brings revenue to the village

The nine-acre village tank, Narasimhuni Sagaram at Gangannapadu village of Terlam mandal in Vizianagaram district is located adjacent to the major district road. It is a source of irrigation in over 27 acres in the area where people mostly cultivate paddy and pulses. MGNREGS functionaries have been organizing awareness camps on additional livelihoods that can... Continue Reading →

Vermi-compost ensures fertility and fortune in lives

Andhra Pradesh has led the way in encouraging vermi-composting work under MGNREGS in convergence with the Horticulture Department to ensure continuous fertility of agricultural lands. Lolugu is a small backward and drought-prone village, ten kilometres away from Ponduru mandal headquarters in Srikakulam district. Despite owning many acres of land, small farmers are unable to cultivate... Continue Reading →

Road restored lives revised

Jaggampet Gram Panchayat of Jaggampet mandal, East Godavari district has a small road that connects it to the State highway. This road was constructed many decades ago and was regularly used by the villagers to access the highways and their agriculture lands. Lack of maintenance and repair work had led to severe deterioration of the... Continue Reading →

Tribals shape up their waste land

In the 11 mandals of Padheru which is an ITDA (Integrated Tribal Development Agency) in Vishakhapatnam district, socio-economic conditions and livelihood opportunities are very poor. People in these areas are mostly backward and lack basic facilities for living and working. They have agriculture landholdings, but since these are in the forest area, they are uneven... Continue Reading →

Desilted channels bring relief to farmers

Silt and weeds often accumulate in the distribution channels of water structures over a period and obstructs the free flow of water, especially to the tail-end farm fields and impact yields. In Penumanchili village of Achanta mandal in West Godavari district, 275 acres of agriculture land depended on one local distribution channel that got heavily... Continue Reading →

The Animal Hostel

Thadakanapalli is a village located 15 kilometres away from Kurnool town in Kallur Mandal of the District. The Self Help Group (SHG) members in the village were involved in rearing of animals and farming. The community decided to take it to the next step. Implementation The SHG members submitted a proposal to the Gram Panchayat... Continue Reading →

Assured income to displaced population

The availability of MGNREGS public works helps the migrant population or displaced workers earn income that would otherwise migrate out of villages every year in search of work. These migrants leave behind their families, children, aged parents and move away for days together and live under conditions of poverty and starvation. MGNREGS has focused on... Continue Reading →

MGNREGA Check Dam Saves Flooding Of Farm Lands

During heavy rains, the irrigation tank - Yerra Cheruvu - in the Chellapuram village in Merakamudidam mandal of Viziangaram district used to flood with the surplus water flowing out and either getting wasted or damaging neighboring agriculture fields in the path of the outflow of the tank. In other seasons, these fields had no irrigation... Continue Reading →

MGNREGS: Enabling differently abled to become self-reliant

The MGNREGA guarantees employment and daily wages to any person willing to do manual unskilled work regardless of gender, caste or physical disability. There are special provisions for wage-seekers who suffer from any physical impairment, including provisions for assigning light, undemanding works that enable them to earn with dignity. One such scheme is Chettu-Patta (tree-patta)... Continue Reading →

Avenue Plantation – A Boon to the Rural Poor

Avenue plantation is one of the major components of MGNREGS and is taken up at the village irrigation tanks, road margins and other community places. Besides teak, avenue plantation also includes fruit-bearing trees that have the potential to bring regular income to the people who guard and protect them since the returns from the fruit-bearing... Continue Reading →

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