DCM Shriram works extensively with the farmers and the larger farming community to increase their productivity and profitability. This is done through the provision of extension services in its Agri Business like Sugar, Fertiliser, Farm Solutions & Seeds.
Working for over ten years to support the farmers, the Shriram Krishi Vikas Programme (SKVP) is an Integrated Rural Development program covering over 500 villages annually. Under SKVP, help and guidance is provided to the farmers towards holistic development. The focus is to increase farm productivity, profitability and quality of produce, while maintaining soil health. Each SKVK (Shriram Krishi Vikas Kendra) organises a six-month programme in the adopted villages with several visits of the farmers in the area to Agricultural Universities, Animal Husbandry camps and subject specialists for guidance. Crop seminars, Farmer’s meetings & Field days are a regular feature of this programme. Vocational Training & income generation programme like Embroidery, Stitching, Food processing, compost making, Poultry farming are an integral part of the SKVK activities.
We are committed to help farmers improve their productivity by improving the quality of their soil. Soil testing labs have been set up in the sugar units to help the farmers. To increase the soil fertility, we provide press mud to farmers in the vicinity of our sugar factories. This enhances the organic carbon content of the soil. About 50 Apna Sewa Kendras have been set up around sugar units to promote Farm mechanization.
We are working in association with IFC and Solidaridad on ‘Meetha Sona Project ‘of the Sugar Business in helping to increase the productivity of Sugarcane farmers, improve water management, Soil fertility & promote Farm mechanisation in the area.
‘Khushali Rozgaar’, a Livelihood programme initiated by DCM Shriram’s Sugar business and NGO ‘Gram Swaraj Mission’ provides technical and managerial assistance, training and financial support to women self help groups. This scheme was launched in 2006.