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Hindustan Zinc empowers farmers in wake of COVID-19 pandemic, through flagship “Samadhan” project

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30 Jul 20
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Hindustan Zinc empowers farmers  in wake of COVID-19 pandemic, through flagship “Samadhan” project

Samadhan continues to play a vital role towards creating awareness, offering on-call assistance and distributing food grains to the distressed farmers and their families across the state. The farm-based sustainable livelihood programwhich promotes agriculture interventions to improve production and sustainability practices using farmer interest groups
Launched in 2016, In association with Bhartiya Agro Industries Foundation (BAIF),  Samadhan initiative has empowered more than 20000 farming families till date across the state.
As a responsible corporate, Hindustan Zinc Limited(HZL) has always believed in enhancing the quality of life and economic well-being of communities it operates in. Banking on its farm-based   sustainable livelihood program – Samadhan, HZL continues to play a vital role in empowering more than 10000 farmers and their families in wake of COVID-19 pandemic. Launched in 2016, in association with (BAIF),  Samadhan program traditionally offers agriculture interventions using farmer interest groups – aimed at improving production and sustainability practices.  The program since its inception has touched lives of 13000 families through agriculture and around 12000 families through livestock interventions in 5 districts of the state. 

“With the COVID-19 pandemic leading to series of lockdowns and disruption in economic and logistic activities; the farmers and their families have been the hardest hit segment”, said, Mr. Sunil Duggal, CEO, Hindustan Zinc & Vedanta Limited, said. It is a matter of satisfaction for us that the empowerment network and reach offered by Samadhan, has enabled us reach out and help the farmers in need. In doing so, our associations with farmer interest groups led to the success of this initiative and helped sustenance of more than 20,000 families in the state”, added further. 

During the outbreak of COVID-19, HZL banked on Samadhan program to improve awareness around the pandemic, hygiene issues and safety measures. At the same time, the program offered Kisaan Helpline for more than 2000 which helped the farmers to get on call assistance and guidance in terms of farming and supplying their produce or livestock health. In addition, HZL, through Samadhan, also introduced Grain Bank Initiative – which distributed 10 kgs of food grains per family across 5 districts. 

The underlying objective of Samadhan project is the formation of Farmers Interest Groups, based on their land holding and farm practises. This would help them stay abreast with latest technology and facilitate better awareness on market access and product pricing.

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 also has ventured into green energy by setting up wind power plants. The Company is ranked 1st in Asia-Pacific and globally 5th in Dow Jones Sustainability Index in 2019 amongst Mining & Metal companies. Hindustan Zinc is a certified Water Positive Company.
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 79% of growing Zinc market and 95% of growing Silver market in India.


 


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