CSR: BALCO’s Vedanta Agriculture Resource Center benefits over 1000 farmers
CSR: BALCO’s Vedanta Agriculture Resource Center benefits over 1000 farmers – Bharat Aluminium Company (BALCO) operated Vedanta Agriculture Resource Center (ARC) is benefitting over thousand farmers with access to modern farming methods, better technologies and quality resources. Run together with NABARD at Bela village in Korba, the middle aims to form farming more remunerative through increased production and productivity.
In the current scenario where agriculture, the backbone of India’s economy is during a state of distress thanks to the pandemic, BALCO helps farmers within the region sustain their livelihood, train in modern farming methods, get staple support and market linkage and leverage government schemes for better returns through ARC.
BALCO and NABARD have formed a farmers’ organization – Korba Farmer Upgradation Producers Company Limited – to run the Vedanta Agriculture Resource Center together with AFPRO, one among the leading NGOs within the country fostering sustainable livelihoods. On pilot basis, farmers who have a minimum of 1 acre of agricultural land are linked to the project.
Agriculture experts present at the middle handhold farmers as they learn and hone their skills. Currently, the Vedanta Agriculture Resource Center is situated on ~4.5 acres of land, growing quite 30 sorts of crops, including grains, vegetables and flowers. With associated greenhouses, manure production unit, and soil testing facilities to see PH and micronutrient levels, ARC helps farmers boost productivity with existing landholdings and at a lower cost. for each crop, technical knowhow and procedures also are made available for farmers’ benefit.
Abhijit Pati, CEO & Director, BALCO, expressed happiness over the growing income of farmers and said: “BALCO, through its community development programs, advocates for creating a supportive and inspiring environment for underprivileged women, men and youngsters , and enabling them to strive for sustainable growth. The farming ecosystem may be a crucial pillar of India’s economy and therefore the vision of self-sufficient India can only be realized if this ecosystem is enabled and promoted.
Expressing gratitude to BALCO for empowering and enabling communities, the sarpanch of village Bela, Mrs. Jaya Rathia, said: “BALCO has undertaken many developmental works within the area since its inception, as the organization has created opportunities for ladies to be related to livelihood activities like poultry farming and mushroom production, and farmers are immensely benefited through creation of check dams and wells to spice up irrigation. Farmers are now getting a chance to urge familiar with various modern dimensions of farming through Vedanta Agriculture Resource Center and upgrade their skills.”
District Development Manager of NABARD, Mr. Sanjeev Pradhan expressed that the partnership of BALCO and NABARD helps many farmers within the region. thanks to better livelihood opportunities within the village itself, the region’s migration rate has come down. By also giving farmers information about various government schemes which will benefit them further, BALCO is pursuing every opportunity to strengthen the region’s farming fraternity.
Santosh Rathia, a farmer from the community, who has been benefitted from BALCO’s agricultural incentive schemes expressed his gratitude towards the organization for getting him trained on fixing of drip irrigation system, helping in fencing also as giving new tools and equipment for farming.
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