Thursday, March 23, 2023

‘Dragon Fruit’ cultivation unit inaugurated under ‘Waste to Wealth’ CSR initiative of SAIL, Rourkela Steel Plant

Rourkela : A Dragon Fruit cultivation unit was inaugurated at SAIL, Rourkela Steel Plant’s Institute for Peripheral Development, Sector – 20 recently by Mr. Atish Sarkar, CGM (Quality) in the presence of Prof. Rohan Dhiman, Registrar (NIT-R). The project is a part of the ‘Waste to Wealth’ programme undertaken in association with National Institute of Technology, Rourkela. Present on the occasion were Ms. Munmun Mittra, GM (CSR), Mr. D. Pradhan, DGM (CSR), Mr. A Pati, Senior Manager (CSR), Prof. (Dr.) Rama Pradhan, NIT-R and other officers and staff of both the institutions.The cultivation unit is meant for hands on education of women farmers of peripheral villages for whom the project has been suitably designed. This is one of the very early initiatives undertaken in Sundargarh District for growth and propagation of this cash rich product which thrives very well in arid and semi arid conditions.
It may be noted that the CSR Deptt of RSP and NIT, Rourkela have jointly taken up the ‘Waste to Wealth’ for four years as per the MOU signed in May 2021. The project aims at training 700 small women farmers from peripheral villages in Organic Farming technique and Smart and Sustainable farming methods. The project also includes RSP’s support for Research in this area as per the initiatives already implemented in the CSR campus.

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