Buldhana residents to get access to clean and safe drinking water

8/2/2014

Monsanto Fund and AFPRO partner to inaugurate RO water plant that will benefit villagers in the area

Buldhana, August 2, 2014: Pimpalkhuta and nearby villages in Buldhana district will now have access to clean and safe drinking water, as Monsanto Fund and NGO, Action for Food Production (AFPRO) have partnered to install a Reverse Osmosis (RO) water plant in the village as part of a larger project focusing on clean water, sanitation & women empowerment.

The RO water filtration equipment is supplied and installed by Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, a leading agriculture company providing technology – based solutions and products that improve farm productivity, as part of a two year partnership with AFPRO.  AFPRO, an NGO working for rural poor through effective natural resource management solutions, will focus on utilising the benefits of this RO plant, to provide safe drinking water in the area.

This initiative is a part of the two year project which covers 25 villages in five clusters across Maharashtra and aims to improve water and sanitation facilities, by constructing 500 toilets (20 per village, in 25 villages) and conducting awareness camps on health and sanitation. Apart from this, the overall project aims to empower women with livelihood skills, by strengthening self-help groups at 10 per village in 25 villages and providing them skill based training. Started in July 2013, this partnership will be a two year project till July 2015.

Apart from RO water facility, the village Pimpalhuta is also supported for promotion of water conservation and sanitation activity. A total of seven toilets have been constructed and another 15 toilets are in progress through direct project support whereas a Community Pond of 3314 cumec (33.14 lakh liters) capacity is created in the village for Water Storage on the Panchayat land.

The RO plant was inaugurated by Shri Pratap Jadhav, Member of Parliament; and Chief Guest Shri Sanjay Raimulkar, Hon’ble MLA, Mehkar District Buldhana in the presence of Shri Kiran Kurundkar, Hon’ble District Collector, Buldhana; Shri Omprakash Deshmukh, CEO-Zilla Parishad, Buldhana; and Ms. Juhi Gupta, Manager - CSR, Monsanto.

Honourable Member of Parliament, Shri Pratap Jadhav, while inaugurating the RO water plant said, “Monsanto Fund and AFPRO are doing a commendable job by way of this initiative to improve the drinking water conditions in the village. This RO plant will go a long way in providing healthy and safe drinking water to the local communities and improve the overall health quotient of the residents.

Talking about Monsanto’s role in this initiative, Ms Juhi Gupta, Manager, CSR at Monsanto said, “Safe drinking water is a basic human requirement and also one of the biggest challenges present in the region. We, as a responsible corporate citizen in the field of agriculture are concerned not only on farming, but our farming communities as well. It is our constant endeavor to work towards improving lives of such communities associated with agriculture. Installing RO plants is an extension of this mission. We will continue to partner with rural farming communities in Maharashtra and across India, to improve lives.”

In the district of Buldhana, water harvesting structures such as a community pond in village Pimpalkhuta has been constructed and de-silting of two Earthen Nala Bund is completed in village Pangri.

Monsanto’s special focus through the project is partnering with the local Government for carrying out land and water resource development activities to build the capacities of the local Panchayats in mobilising external support and resources. The respective communities will be made responsible to work cohesively on water issue by forming a local water committee that will look after water treatment and distribution. As a result of this initiative, treated water will be available at an affordable price and in immediate vicinity of villagers, thus minimising the need to commute to nearby towns to purchase water. Local schools will also get free treated water and the initiative will help improve health of the villagers as they will be immune to water borne diseases.

Monsanto Fund - the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company was established in 1964. For more than 40 years, the Monsanto Fund has worked to substantially and meaningfully improve the lives of people around the world by bridging the gap between their needs and their resources. Monsanto Fund has sought to improve the well-being of people by supporting projects in four primary areas of Educate (Science Education), Benefit (Nutritional Improvement through agriculture), Protect (Healthy Environment) and Support (Our Communities).

AFPRO provides technical guidance and backup support to grassroots level NGOs for the implementation of environmentally friendly projects for water, food security, livelihoods and allied capacity building.

About Monsanto India

Monsanto India is focused on improving lives by enabling farmers to produce more and conserve more through its innovative high-yielding DeKalb corn, Seminis vegetables and Paras cotton seeds;  in-the-seed insect protection Bollgard Bt cotton biotechnologies;  on-ground farmer extension and mobile-based farmer AgVisory® services offering customized crop management recommendations from sowing to harvest to 800,000+ farmers; Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) with six State Governments (Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Orissa, Maharashtra) through better inputs, improved agronomic practices, and user industry market linkages.  Monsanto India is ranked 18 in Great Place To Work – Overall; and India’s #4 Great Place To Work in Companies with Below 1,000 Employees in the recent years; and in nine out of the last ten years, Monsanto was ranked among India’s Best Employers, and Great Places To Work in India.

About AFPRO

Action for Food Production (AFPRO) as a secular socio-technical development organization with Christian inspiration visualizes itself as working to enable the rural poor – including women and men belonging to small and marginal farmers and the landless, dalits, tribal people, fisher folk and unemployed youth – to move towards sustainable development, through and overall increase in their knowledge and skills in areas that directly affect their standard and quality of life.

 

For further details, please contact

Ruchi Sharma

Monsanto India

ruchi.sharma@monsanto.com; +91 84510 00165

 

Anuj Gupta

Edelman India

anuj.gupta@edelman.com; +91 99711 08836