A progressive woman farmer named Paradi Chinnammi, w/o Tavitayya of Mettavalasa village used to cultivate Groundnut as a rainfed crop during Kharif season using seeds of local low-yielding varieties with indigenous un-improvised cultivation practices. From her one acre of landholding, she could hardly receive 3.0-3.5 quintals of produce categorized as very low productivity with a net annual income of Rs. 18000/acre only. This discouraged/demotivated her for groundnut cultivation. Analyzing the causes of low yields reveals that the availability of local varieties and excessive vegetative growth are the main culprits. Therefore, certain new interventions under the Tribal Sub Plan program viz., use of high-yielding varieties (Kadiri 7), seed treatment with Rhizobium, gypsum application, etc., have been in force resulting in the realization of the higher annual income of Rs 32000/acre due to higher production by >3.50 quintals.
Moreover, being an active member of the Farmer Producer Organization (Deeksha Mahila Welfare Society, Badangi Mandal, Vizianagaram), she could receive adequate skill training and support (both financial and moral support). Following the intervention of the Agricultural Research Station, Vizianagaram, and ICAR-DGR, high-yielding foundation seed of Kadiri 7 was supplied to her along with other critical inputs (organic manures, like neem cake, and vermicompost) and small but handy value-added tools, like a hand, operated battery sprayers, hand hoes, and tarpaulins. These aided her to double the yield of the groundnut crop. An oil extruder machine was also supplied in the TSP program for extraction of groundnut oil through which she could sell locally prepared good quality oil in the nearby markets and earn additional income. Later, with the technical support of Deeksha Mahila Welfare Society, a non-Governmental Organization, she could actively involve herself in the value addition of groundnut further in which various nutritious value-added food products such as groundnut balls, chikki, groundnut masala powder, groundnut oil, etc were made and marketed. As a result of this new intervention the farmer could earn an additional income of Rs. 10,000/- which has led to the financial empowerment of the farmer and made her confident and strong to support her family socio-economically. As a result of these, a net profit of around Rs. 26000 per acre per crop was accrued to her.