For the 3rd successive year, the rains totally failed in 2002. Every single acre of dry land belonging to both, Coolies as well as Ryots, stayed uncultivated.
As a result the SCNZ/VASS Programme has been able to concentrate on only 1 of it’s objectives during the past year — to bring Coolies into the mainstream as peasant cultivators. Even this was not an easy task.
No efforts could be made, during this reporting period, to improve subsistence cultivation practices, promote off farm venture, etc. Neither could we do anything to move towards organic farming, community irrigation or dry land horticulture.