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Background and Chronology

India-102 was a Peace Corps agriculture project that responded to the Government of India's focus on agricultural development.  India-102 supported the Intensive Agricultural Development Program in Thanjavur District where new varieties of paddy were being popularized.  Our training -- in Woodland, California, at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines and at the Tamil Nadu Rice Research Institute in Aduthurai - focused on hybrid varieties like ADT-27, IR-8, and IR-20.  After three months of agricultural and language training, each volunteer was assigned to a village inThanjavur where he was to work with the local agricultural extension office. Some of the volunteers branched out into other community development programs, including cotton production, poultry production, and rat control.    Our villages were situated around Mayuram, Kumbakonam, and Thanjavur in the Kaveri Delta, and around Pattukottai in the so-called New Delta.  The volunteers were in India through the summer of 1972.  

With the downturn in US-India relations after the Bangladesh War in 1971, India asked the United States to reduce the size of its volunteer program.    Our group was not replaced when it departed in 1972.  Peace Corps/India continued to downsize, with the last volunteer departing in 1976.

June 24, 1970               Orientation, Woodland, CA

July 10, 1970                Depart San Francisco, CA

July 12, 1970                Arrive Guam

July 1970                      Manila, Siniloan, Philippines

July 1970                      Hong Kong

August 7, 1970              Depart Delhi via plane to Madras

August 10, 1970            Begin instruction at Aduthurai

September 27, 1970       Graduation

Off to Kanjanur, Adirampattinam, Keeramangalam,Sholapuram, Theralundur, Manalmedu, Peravurani, Ottangadu, Peruncheri, Komal, Kovil Thevarayanpet and beyond.