It is intended to make optimum use of the MGNREGS

A proposal to encourage the Adivasis of the Konda Reddi Primitive Tribal Group (PTG) take up cultivation of viable horticultural crops atop hills surrounding their hilltop habitations under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in the Bhadrachalam Agency is on the anvil.

The proposal is intended to enable the Konda Reddi tribal people make optimum use of the MGNREGS for taking up horticultural plantations atop the hills in their natural habitat. It is aimed at motivating the Konda Reddi tribals, known for their shifting cultivation practices along the hill slopes, to cultivate suitable horticultural crops atop the hills for improving their income and serving the cause of Mother Nature.

Some enterprising Konda Reddi farmers have earlier embarked on cultivation of horticultural crops like cashew in nearly 300 acres of their patta lands atop a few hilltops habitations in Kunavaram and V R Puram mandals a couple of years ago.

However, some of them switched over to other livelihood options due to lack of proper encouragement and other constraints.

Director, MGNREGS, Andhra Pradesh, V. Karuna, mooted the new proposal to improve the livelihood of Konda Reddi tribal people during her visit to their habitations in the Bhadrachalam agency on Saturday, said B. Malleshwari, Assistant Project Officer (PTG), Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA), Bhadrachalam.

The new proposal envisages cultivation of viable horticultural crops such as banana and papaya by the Konda Reddi tribal people under the MGNREGS in their natural habitat.

It also encompasses provisions for promotion of plantations of trees like Gum Karaya, the major source of non-timber forest produce.

It will not only supplement their income but also promote ecological balance, she remarked.

Technical assistants will conduct a field-based survey of the hilltop habitations to recommend suitable horticultural crops appropriate to the climatic conditions on the hilly terrain.


  • It envisages cultivation of viable horticultural crops such as banana and papaya

  • Technical assistants will conduct field-based survey of the hilltop habitations