ONGC CSR project to promote organic farming

ONGC CSR project
MoPNG minister inaugurates to promote organic farming


The inauguration

Thesynergyonline Corporate Bureau

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 23 : Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC ) in collaboration with Eklavya foundation has created Center for Agriculture Research and Training in Telangana for training farmers in organic farming using latest technology. Mr Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship inaugurated the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project for construction of hostel, classrooms, computer labs & administrative block at the center benefiting more than 3500 farmers in organic farming, yesterday.

Speaking at the inauguration of the facility the minister said:

"This area is known for toor daal produce, and I dedicate this initiative to my brothers and sisters who are engaged in farming and I hope they will be able to use the facilities created here and understand and adopt modern technology for improving production".

The minister championed the cause of skill development of the farmers to promote organic farming in a big way across the country, and said such noble projects will improve the standard of living of our farmers.

Mr Pradhan also said :
"Organic farm produce is another area for promoting export of these products with suitable quality controls and market linkages, helping India become a net exporter in organic produce. The concept of 'Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan' is very close to the heart of this Government and will strive to take the project to the entire nation."

The appeal

"The first supermarket supposedly appeared on the American landscape in 1946. That is not very long ago. Until then, where was all the food? Dear folks, the food was in homes, gardens, local fields, and forests. It was near kitchens, near tables, near bedsides. It was in the pantry, the cellar, the backyard." ― Joel Salatin, Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World

"Organic farming appealed to me because it involved searching for and discovering nature's pathways, as opposed to the formulaic approach of chemical farming. The appeal of organic farming is boundless; this mountain has no top, this river has no end." ― Eliot Coleman, The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener

"As I plough in farming for initial cultivation of soil in preparation for sowing seed or planting to loosen or turn the soil , a swift rhythm is played out with my plough, a cadence known only to those who uses plough. To many of the farmers, the meter and rhythm of ploughing is the only poetry they've ever known."
"By looking to the Source, to the Creator of nature, we can remember how to navigate life organically, with less struggle, and less suffering." ― Jeffrey R. Anderson, The Nature of Things - Navigating Everyday Life with Grace



"We have been born into a certain Culture, at a certain phase of its organic development, we have certain gifts. These condition the earthly task which we must perform. The metaphysical task is beyond any conditioning, for it would have been the same in any age anywhere. The earthly task is merely the form of the higher task, its organic vehicle." ― Francis Parker Yockey, Imperium



"I sing once more The mild continuous epic of the soil" ― Vita Sackville-West, The Land

The iconic CSR project

This iconic CSR project, envisioned by the government, has been supported by ONGC to help India develop a sizeable organic farming market. CMD ONGC Mr Shashi Shanker said that the company is proud to be associated with this kind of project through its CSR to empower people towards inclusive development. "Technology induction in agriculture to foster organic farming will be a game changer. This project will usher in a beginning in our agri-economy", he added.

Benefits

Dr Alka Mittal, Director HR, ONGC who was present in the inauguration programme to steer this iconic project said that through proper skill development and use of technology, the farmers will be able to migrate to organic farming which will have 3-fold benefits- the farmers will prosper and the quality of life of their families will improve, their consumers will get healthy agro-products and there will be environment conservation as well leading to improved ecosystem in which the entire state of Telangana will flourish.

The facility

The facility will also reach out to farmers in ONGC operational areas in Andhra Pradesh, training them in organic farming and enrolling them in PGS System, an internationally applicable organic quality assurance system, similar to ISO. The PGS System would certify their farm produce as organic produce and recognize them as export quality internationally.

The project will be immensely beneficial for increasing the scope of organic farming in the entire Telangana and other neighbouring region. This project will help the farmers and local youth to enhance their livelihood by imparting them employment with enhancing vocation skills. The project is being implemented in one of the most backward areas in the region. It will benefit about 3500 farmers, 200 students and consumers in general by way of promoting organic farming.