Soil & Water Conservation

Soil & Water Conservation

 

Uninterrupted water supply, along with other raw materials is essential to keep our plants running and it is a natural resource which we share with our neighbouring communities. While the company is continuously improving internal processes to reduce our water footprints, our neighbouring communities are struggling to get water for their agriculture and other uses, especially in geographies which are water scarce and some have the water table as low as 500 feet below the ground level. Water harvesting and conservation, thus, becomes a natural choice as a project under our CSR. With many of our plants already water positive, we aim at being water positive at all our locations by 2020.

We are undertaking Integrated Watershed Management Projects, constructing and maintaining Water harvesting structures like check dams, farm ponds, village ponds, gabions, etc. Along with water harvesting, we are also working on optimal water utilization by promoting micro-irrigation techniques. We are also promoting organic and sustainable agriculture though vermicompost, using traditional agricultural practices, promoting Sustainable Rice Intensification and Sustainable Sugarcane cultivation.

Through our Soil and Water Conservation programmes we have touched 90,000 beneficiaries in more than 200 villages, and

  • Created a Water Harvesting Capacity of 18 Lac m3
  • Implementing Integrated Watershed Management projects in 2 states over 1800 hectares
  • Constructed more than 800 Water Harvesting structures
  • Brought more than 600 acres of land under Drip Irrigation
  • Availability of more than 1 Lac litres of drinking water
  • Micro-irrigation facilities helped around 3,000 people to have 50 percent decrease in electricity costs and resource saving
  • Availability of water has brought 6,000 acres of unirrigated land under irrigation
  • Availability of ample amount of water for irrigation has led to 20 percent increase in yield of crops