Puttaparthi project operations started in the year 2004 covering eightMandals namely;: Puttaparthi; Bukkapatnam; Kothacheruvu; Penukonda; Dharmavaram; Gorantla; Kanaganapalli; and Somandepalli.

The average rainfall: Below 480 mm per Annum thus the district has a dubious distinction of having second lowest rainfall district in India, the first being Jaisalmare in Rajasthan.

Main Crops: Groundnut, Maize.

Target Groups: Small and Marginal farmers cultivating Groundnut.

Commodity Cooperatives: The major initiative of bringing the farmers come together and turn into entrepreneurs.

  • 8 Mandals: 103 Villages
  • 71 Cooperatives : 4877 Members

Sri SathyaSaiRaithu Mutually Aided Cooperative Federation: The confederation of all village level cooperatives into a Federation.

After six years of organizing the farmers in Puttaparthi area the Cooperatives have come together to form a Cooperative Federation in the name of Sri SatyaSaiRaithu Mutually Aided Cooperative Federation Limited – which is registered on 31st March 2010. As on date there are 71 cooperatives with a member strength of over 4877 from 103 villages. In the year 2013-14, the Federation has constructed a godown with storage capacity of 1100 MT for storing groundnut procured from the village-level cooperatives.

In the year 2014-15, the Federation has decided to renew the mill by installing the latest machinery which included Gravity separator

The federation has a chamber for grading, packing and transporting.

  • The Federation has a Representative General Body with 2 members representing from each of the Cooperatives.
  • Capacity of the processing mill is 4.3 tons per hour of Groundnuts.
  • The Federation meets once in every month, or more as per the requirements. Procurement, Processing, Marketing and Administrative decisions are collectively made by the Governing body in the presence and involvement of Representative General Body.
  • The Federation organized its Annual General Meeting (Mahasabha) every year and elects the new Governing Body.

Agri-Input Shop: The Federation has an agri-inputs shop set up in Kothacheruvu village which supply quality seeds and fertilizers with a nominal margin thereby offering the agri-inputs to the members almost at the manufacturers’ price.