TRICOR, along with ITDA, formulating action plan

The Andhra Pradesh Scheduled Tribes Cooperative Finance Corporation (TRICOR) in cooperation with the Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) is in the process of formulating an action plan and identifying beneficiaries under a family horticulture scheme aimed at reaching out to one lakh tribal families for making them economically self-sufficient.

The programme launched under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) in 2012-13 had targeted one lakh tribal families within a two-year-time frame. Depending on the necessity the programme implementation will be stretched to 2015-16 to realise the target of covering one lakh families. Of the total two lakh tribal families’ one lakh families already have horticulture plantations of their own.

Under the programme, the tribal farmers should take up plantation in one hectare of land among the four plants proposed including coffee, cashew, mango and silver oak. Each tribal family should eke out permanent livelihood period by promoting any of the four plantations to help them eke out a permanent livelihood in their one or more hectares of land. The four plantations include coffee, cashew, silver oak and mango. Tribal Finance Corporation (TRICOR) is extending financial assistance of Rs.20,000 per acre and the Department of Tribal Welfare will pass on 100 per cent subsidy on the loan component.

The beneficiaries of the scheme can develop their own farm lands using the NREGS component of wages for farm labour for three years. Under the scheme, the beneficiaries are eligible for payment of three-year maintenance costs.

The beneficiary farmers are supplied plant material, grafts and organic manure making the total scheme 100 per cent financed by the government. In the first year a maintenance of Rs.20,000 will be given followed by Rs. 7,000 and Rs. 8,000 for the subsequent second and third years.

Horticulture officer Ramanjaneyulu told The Hindu that in 2012-13 cashew will be planted in 1,500 acres, coffee in 7,000 acres, and silver oak in 20,000 acres. This apart the farmers will also go in for inter crops, including vegetables, turmeric, and pepper, for earning regular income as the above mentioned plantations have a gestation period running into 3-4 years.

The target fixed up to 2015-16 based on feasibility studies include coffee plantation in 27,209 acres benefiting 25,357 farmers, silver oak in 34,124 acres benefiting 35,455 farmers, mango in 23,758 acres benefiting 22,948 farmers, cashew in 4,289 acres benefiting 4,846 farmers, and other horticulture crops in 4,117 acres benefiting 4,846 farmers.

A survey had been conducted in the Paderu agency area at the mandal level in all the 11 Agency mandals by the agriculture and horticulture officers to identify the beneficiaries.

  • Under the scheme, the beneficiaries are eligible for payment of three-year maintenance costs

  • TRICOR will extend financial assistance of Rs.20,000 per acre