The Indian state of Andhra Pradesh is situated along the country’s southeast coast. It is India’s fourth largest state by area and fifth largest by population. It has been called the “Rice Bowl of India” and agriculture is the chief source of income for the state’s economy. The village of Podu is located approximately 380 km ESE of Hyderabad and 1 km from the Bay of Bengal. Bhimavaram, the nearest municipality, is an epicenter of district political activities and a regional hub for higher education and specialized health services.