Notwithstanding the legislative provisions to safeguard their landed interests, tribals are getting driven to circumstances in which retaining hold over the land under their possession is becoming difficult. The quality of land held by them is so poor that, in its present form, it cannot promise them any reasonable returns. The low returns leave little surplus for tribals to plough it back into agriculture to improve the quality of the land.

Kolleru Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake in the districts of East and West Godavari of Andhra Pradesh. The major population centres in the Kolleru Lake region are the 148 villages of which 50 bed villages and 98 belt villages. All bed and belt villages in lake region have atleast one drinking water pond.

Rajahmundry, May 30: The supply of piped cooking gas which is on the cards for the last two years will become reality soon in East Godavari.
The district is likely to be covered in two phases. In the first phase, the five municipal areas of Kakinada corporation, Samarlakota, Peddapuram, Pithapuram and Tuni will be covered, and in the second phase, Rajahmundry and other municipal areas.

GADIMOGA (E. Godavari District): All is set for commencement of natural gas production from the KG-D6 block of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), India

Construction of houses under the Rajiv Swagruha scheme have stopped for several reasons including delay in land acquisition by revenue authorities and non-remittance of amount by the AP Rajiv Swagruha

Stating that the recent unseasonal heavy rains were so rare that they occurred only the third time in the last 100 years, Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy announced a "special package' to liberally assist farmers whose crops were damaged in 11 districts of the State. The cash compensation allowed on each crop damaged has been doubled under the package. The 11 districts are Prakasam, Nellore, Guntur, Krishna, Srikakulam, East Godavari, West Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Kadapa, Kurnool and Nizamabad. Making a suo motu statement in the Assembly on Tuesday, Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy said the commercial crops faced the brunt as they were normally sown around this time of the year. The package provided for payment of compensation of Rs. 4, 500 per hectare in case of paddy, groundnut, chillies and vegetables and Rs. 3,750 per hectare for sunflower, maize and pulses. The government would recommend to cooperative and other banks to reschedule present crop loans and issue fresh ones.

sopan joshi meets farmer tycoons oblivious of the Seeds Bill 2004, but hooked to a biotech future

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