The Steel Authority of India Limited through its Corporate Social Responsibility drive is implementing strategic agricultural and other interventions in the picturesque Hahap village near Namkum, Ranchi. Its partners in the project are the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Palandu, and The Art of Living (AOL) Foundation.
According to a company spokesperson, 3,30,000 tomato seedlings were distributed among 115 farmers (Swarana Sampada variety developed at ICAR, Palandu) that has the potential of 500 tonnes of yield. The revenue thus generated has the potential to extricate these households from the BPL mark.
The SAIL's CSR team also distributed 2,400 mango (Amrapali) saplings among 350 households of Hahap village, a company release said. The villagers took a pledge to nurture them as their own children.
Speaking on the occasion, Seema Mathur, president of Ispat Mahila Samaj, urged villagers to take responsibilities for their environment and community as a hallmark of grass-roots empowerment.