ACC Cement Nala Bund – ACC, the cement and construction material subsidiary of the Adani Group, has launched a big project to alleviate water scarcity and agricultural issues faced by farmers in Shindola village, located in the Wani Taluka of Maharashtra’s Yavatmal region. The effort focuses on building a Cement Nala Bund (CNB) to impound surface runoff and improve groundwater levels, allowing farmers in the region to increase agricultural output and income.
Shindola village is well-known for its agricultural community. However, due to insufficient water supply and low soil quality, the farmers in the area confront various challenges. Cotton and tur dal are currently the main crops farmed in the hamlet, with soyabean planting taking place intermittently during the kharif season. Mr. Santosh Laxman Zade is one such small farmer who has suffered as a result of these difficulties. Santosh encountered challenges due to insufficient water availability and bad soil conditions with just 5-acres of cultivable land out of his entire 9-acres. After the months of December and January, his farm’s existing bore well could barely support six sprinklers.
Recognizing the need to assist farmers in Shindola, ACC joined together with others to conduct a detailed baseline assessment of the area. ACC therefore opted to build a CNB to impound surface runoff and enable the percolation of stored water into the soil substrata.
The 14-metre CNB, which was finished in May 2019, dramatically boosted the ground water level in the structure’s effect zone. The CNB can hold up to 6 TCM (60 lakh litres) of water and efficiently holds the water flow, preventing soil erosion. The conserved water has benefited not only Santosh, but also other farmers in the vicinity. He has been able to plant more crops due to greater water availability.
ACC Cement Nala Bund
“We take immense pride in being a catalyst for positive change in Shindola,” said Mr. Ajay Kapur, CEO of Cement Business. The construction of Cement Nala Bunds has not only given the local farming population more power, but it has also considerably enhanced their quality of life. Our objective is not only to improve rural livelihoods, but also to encourage sustainable agriculture, which will contribute to the region’s overall prosperity.”
The Adani Foundation and ACC are role models for sustainable agriculture and community development. By solving farmers’ water and soil concerns, the company hopes to improve rural livelihoods and contribute to the community’s general well-being.