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Hindustan Zinc Partnered with MPUAT : Maximize Livelihood Opportunities for Farmers

News Desk, News Nation 360 : Hindustan Zinc Limited (HZL), a leader 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 (Bharatiya Agro Industries Foundation), to expand its SAMADHAN program and impact more than 30,000 farmers across the state of Rajasthan. Indian farmers remain the backbone of their 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 employs nearly 60% of workers. Hindustan Zinc Limited has been implementing the SAMADHAN program to enhance the income-generating capacity of the agrarian community-based in 5 districts – Ajmer, Chittorgarh, Bhilwara,

Udaipur, and Rajsamand. Bharat Kakade, Managing Director, BAIF said that on its way forward, SAMADHAN is also moving into a community-based institution ‘Farmer Producer Organizations’ to strengthen the farming community and bring in sustainability through the program. MPUAT will also support the program with on-farm technical guidance and provide institutional training to bring out progressive farmers from their community. This collaboration with MPUAT as an academic partner will help create a space to bring in synergy, which will result in an impactful transformation. The Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony was graced by senior dignitaries and officers from all three organizations. From MPUAT, Dr N. S. Rathore, Vice-Chancellor, MPUAT, Dr S.L. Sharma, Director Research, Dr I.J. Mathur Director Extension, and Deans, Directors, and Professors. Anupam Nidhi, Head CSR, Hindustan Zinc along with the SAMADHAN project leaders and the CSR team was accompanied by representatives from BAIF Bharat Kakade, Managing Director, Dr Raviraj Jadhav, Regional Director, L.R. Singh, Chief Program Manager along with project leaders.SAMADHAN has also been able to develop over 263 acres of land with fruit-bearing plants, improving the community's ecological balance and economical security. 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.

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Report : Anustup Kundu