- Hindustan Zinc expands SAMADHAN – its flagship farm support program, signs an MOU with MPUAT & BAIF
- – MOU aims to additionally impact more than 30000 farmers across Rajasthan
- Under this partnership, the company will provide on-farm technical guidance and institutional training to these farmers
- This will further increase farm yield and income of farmers from Ajmer, Bhilwara, Chittorgarh, Rajsamand, and Udaipur
19th July:Hindustan Zinc Limited (HZL), aleader in the sustainable mining industry has joined hands with Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology (MPUAT), the largest university for the agriculture and allied sector, and BAIF Livelihoods (BharatiyaAgro Industries Foundation),to expandits SAMADHAN program andimpactmore than 30,000 farmers across the state of Rajasthan.
The signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding was graced by senior dignitaries and officers from all three organisations. From MPUAT, Dr. N. S. Rathore, Vice-Chancellor, MPUAT, Dr. S.L. Sharma, Director Research, Dr. I.J. Mathur Director Extension along with Deans, Directors and Professors.Ms. Anupam Nidhi, Head CSR, Hindustan Zinc along with theSAMADHAN project leaders and the CSR team were accompanied byrepresentatives from BAIF Mr. Bharat Kakade, Managing Director, Dr.Raviraj Jadhav, Regional Director, Mr. L.R. Singh, Chief ProgramManager along with project leaders.
Indian farmers remain the backbone of our nation’s economy as the Indian economy is still an agricultural-based country. Statistics reveal that Indian agriculture is a sector accounting for 18% of India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and provides employment to nearly 60% of workers.Hindustan Zinc Limited has been implementing the SAMADHAN program with an objective to enhance the income-generating capacity of the agrarian community based in 5 districts – Ajmer, Chittorgarh, Bhilwara, Udaipur, and Rajsamand.
“In the current competitive world, it is important for our local farmers to stay updated on best scientific practices to maximize the livelihood opportunities available to them. In this regard, we have signed an MOU with Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology. This partnership will benefit over 30,000 farmers under theSAMADHAN initiative by imparting them with the knowledge of technological advancements in the field of agriculture. This will further help us to look way beyond and promote smart agriculture in Rajasthan by making our program a low carbon initiative.” said Mr. Arun Misra, CEO & Whole Time Director, Hindustan Zinc.
The SAMADHANprogramhas now been operational for more than 4 years with the support of implementing partner BAIF Livelihoods and during this period the program hasbenefitted 13,835 farmers with area-specific innovative agriculture practices and 14,517 farmers with improved cattle breeding and animal advisory services.
The collaboration will enhance and ensure efficient trickling down of agriculture and livestock innovation till farm level, making SAMADHAN an aspirational program for other states and regions. Dr. N. S. Rathore, Vice Chancellor, MPUAT emphasized the importance of empowerment required in the farming community and developing the capacity of farmers who are the building blocks of the nation’s economy. SAMADHAN always has been focussing on introducing better alternatives to develop sustainable farming models for the farming community.
On its way forward, SAMADHAN is also moving into community-based institution ‘Farmer Producer Organisations’ to strengthen the farming community and bring in sustainability through theprogram. MPUAT will also support the program with on-farm technical guidance and provide institutional training to bring out progressive farmers from our community. “This collaboration with MPUAT as an academic partner will help in creating a space to bring in synergy which in turn will result in an impactful transformation,” said Mr. Bharat Kakade, Managing Director, BAIF.
SAMADHAN has also been able to develop over 263 acres of land with fruit-bearing plants, improving the ecological balance and economical security of the community. With its Integrated Livestock Development Centre, SAMADHAN has been able to create 5338 female progenies which yield 1.5 times more milk production and catered more than 1 lakh large and small ruminants through its animal health camps.
About Hindustan Zinc Limited:
Hindustan Zinc, a Vedanta Group Company, is one of the world’s largest and India’s only integrated producer of Zinc-Lead and Silver. The Company has its Headquarter at Udaipur in the State of Rajasthan where it has its Zinc-Lead mines and smelting complexes. Hindustan Zinc is self-sufficient in power with captive thermal power plants and has ventured into green energy by setting up wind power plants. The Company is ranked 1st in Asia-Pacific and globally 7th in Dow Jones Sustainability Index in 2020 amongst Mining & Metal companies.
Hindustan Zinc is a certified Water Positive Company, a member of the FTSE4Good Index and has scored ‘A’ rating by CDP for climate change.
Being a people-first company, Hindustan Zinc believes in inculcating the values of Trust and Excellence to have a culture of high-performance in its workforce. The company takes pride in having some of the best-in-class people practices and employee centric initiatives, which have certified Hindustan Zinc as – ‘Great Place to Work 2021’, ‘Company with Great Managers 2020’ by People Business and the PeopleFirst HR Excellence Award.
As a socially responsible corporate, Hindustan Zinc has been relentlessly working to improve the lives of rural and tribal people residing near its business locations. The company is amongst the Top 15 CSR Spenders in India and are currently reaching out to 500,000 people in 184 core villages of Rajasthan and 5 in Uttarakhand. As a market leader, Hindustan Zinc governs about 77% of growing Zinc market in India.
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Hindustan Zinc Limited