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close this book Development as Unleashing Potential Efforts : the Bhagavatula Charitable Trust (BCT) of Yellamanchili in Andhra Pradesh (1995)
close this folder Section 1 BCT and its activities
View the document 1.1 An idea tested
View the document 1.2 Setting an example to emulate - salt making and fish farming
View the document 1.3 Cooperative sugar factory - a non starter
View the document 1.4 Bhagavatula Charitable Trust (BCT) born
View the document 1.5 Reaching people through their own organisation
View the document 1.6 BCT Activities: Community Organisation

1.3 Cooperative sugar factory - a non starter


Sugarcane is one of the local crops and Dr Rao thought that farmers could become self-reliant if they formed a cooperative, grew drought resistant varieties and processed the cane in their own factory. This scheme pursued in 1973 fell a victim to political intrigues. Facing opposition, Dr Rao abandoned the project after securing the required licenses from the government and just as he had done for collecting the money, he went from door to door to return it.

The local people’s confidence in him grew and so he did not have to do muchcanvassing to start the Divvela Cooperative Farmers’ Service Centre in 1974. The cooperative was launched to help farmers with agricultural loans, meet their equipment needs and provide opportunities for them to diversify into allied agricultural activities like dairy and poultry.