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.
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.
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.