Natural Resource Management

Natural-Management

Ramky Foundation shares the Ramky Group’s motto – Towards Sustainable Growth.

Over the years we have come to understand that sustainable growth is possible through safeguarding and optimizing natural resources. The Ramky Group adheres passionately to its core belief – that its contribution should be a model to society at large and that it should make the nation proud.

Since inception the Ramky Group has been performing fairly well in this aspect with a string of firsts like India’s first integrated hazardous waste facility, India’s first bio-medical waste facility and also India’s first integrated municipal solid waste facility.

Ramky Foundation, as a development wing of the corporate, has understood natural resource management in a much broader perspective. It defines Natural Resource Management as, the management of resources available in nature to bring in effectiveness in the livelihood of people, not solely of the present generation, but also of the future ones. Hence, any intervention in Natural Resource Management will specifically focus on resources, conservation, utilization and sustenance.

Natural resources are vital for all living beings on Earth. Hence, their protection, promotion and optimization are major concerns of this movement. Ramky adopts sustainable and socially responsible solutions with prime focus on people participation in order to conserve natural resources and maintain an environment that leads to sustainable growth. Ramky Foundation does not impose any ready-made solutions on the community, rather it believes in local solutions and capacities to address the issue of Natural Resource Management.

Ramky Foundation as part of Ramky group of companies has been playing a vital role in and around business sites. Ramky Foundation has been taking up several community education activities to sensitize people on the need for integrated hazardous waste management, bio-medical waste management and Integrated Municipal Solid Waste Management. Strengthening of people participation in waste management has been considered as a great contribution for Natural Resource Management.

Ramky Foundation programmes now include awareness among community people regarding Municipal Solid Waste Management in rural and urban communities. Watershed development projects, fodder development, plantation, environment promotional activities, livestock health services in rural areas, tribal development through horticulture plantation, celebrating world environment day, etc.

Our major projects at present are:

 

Watershed Management

Watershed-man

Ramky Foundation was awarded the most prestigious watershed development project in 2010 under a public-private partnership with the Rajiv Gandhi Mission for Integrated Watershed Management.

 
 

Maa Thota (Integrated Tribal development Project)

Maa-Thota

Ramky Foundation has been working in the Mandal’s of Atmakur, Kothapalli, and Pamulapadu for Tribal Community Development since 2010. The Project is funded by NABARD for the duration of 7 years....

 
 

Solid Waste Management Project

Solid-waste

Ramky Foundation is implementing the "Environmental Effectiveness through Efficient Solid Waste Management" project at Pedakakani, Guntur District. The project was funded by NABARD under the Environmental Promotional Assistance scheme.

 
 

Awareness Programmes on Municipal Solid Waste Management

Awareness Programmes

Ramky Foundation has been conducting awareness programmes on effective municipal solid waste management in collaboration with Ramky Enviro Engineers Limited and the Municipalities/ Municipal Corporations in some of the towns and cities in India.

 
 

Accelerated Development of Minor Irrigation Project

Watershed-man

Department of Water Resources Investigation and Development, Government of West Bengal awarded Support Organizations to Ramky Foundation, to work in 4 districts in the implementation of Accelerated Development of Minor Irrigation Project funded by World Bank.

 
 

Andhra Pradesh Minor Irrigation Tank Management Project

Maa-Thota

Ramky Foundation provides consulting services as the Nodal Support Organization for WUA Sustainability Monitoring in the prestigious Andhra Pradesh Community based Tank Management project. As a Nodal Support Organization, it works in Krishna District to enable institutional sustainability of all WUAs ..

 
 
 

Convergence of Agriculture Intervention in Maharashtra (CAIM)

Maa-Thota

Ramky Foundation acts as an Implementation Agency for the Project. The project is funded by International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), Department of Agriculture, Govt. of Maharashtra and Sir Ratan Tata Trust. The project envisages enabling rural poor to overcome poverty by developing sustainable means, so as to increase their socio economic status. In order to achieve the goal, the target group from the same socio-economic status form groups like JLGs, SHGs, VDCs.These groups are encouraged to undertake micro enterprises activities (on and off farm), SSI, SMEs that are linked to the market.

 
 

KRISHI GOPAL

KRISHI GOPAL

Due to lack of scientific approach or knowledge on cultivation, farmers are indiscriminately applying chemical fertilizers and pesticides. It is resulting in production of highly infested agriculture produce. Pro Jayashankar Agriculture University, Hyderabad conducted monthly test to know the chemicals presence in vegetable by collecting samples from various markets in the cities across the Telugu states. The tests revealed that the presence of chemical residuals several times higher than the permissible limits. The result say that the chemicals such as Sypur Mitrine, Asitamipryd, Monocrotopas, Mithamidopas, and Mithamile which are not suppose to apply on vegetables were found.

 
 

Mahanandi Farmer Producer Organisation

Mahanandi Farmer Producer Organisation

RF has been sanctioned an opportunity for Formation and Nurturing of “Mahanandi Banana Farmers Producer Company Limited” in Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh with the support of NABARD. The aim of the project is to enhance the knowledge and Capacity of Banana Cultivating Farmers, enhance production and productivity

 
 

Sangameswara Farmer Producer Organization

Sangameswara Farmer Producer Organization

Pamulapadu, Kothapalli and Atmakur mandals situated near Nallamala Forest, falls under backward areas of Kurnool district. Agriculture and Livestock management are the primary livelihoods of the people residing in this area.

 
 

Umbrealla Program for Natural Resource management

Umbrealla Program for Natural Resource management

Ramky Foundation is implementing Umbrella Program for Natural Resources Management (UPNRM) project in Pamulapadu mandal of Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh with the support of NABARD. The program aims to reduce poverty of rural people by creating livelihood opportunities, increasing farm income, strengthening the agriculture value chain and conserving the natural resources.

 
 

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Watershed Management

Watershed Management

Ramky Foundation was awarded the most prestigious watershed development project in 2010 under a public-private partnership with the Rajiv Gandhi Mission for Integrated Watershed Management. Ramky Foundation is implementing this project in two districts of Madhya Pradesh, i.e. Sagar and Vidhisha in 12,000 hectares. These two projects are worth Rs.14 Crores and would last for six years benefiting over 50,000 people in the local community directly and indirectly.

As part of the Watershed Development Programme we are working on the following areas broadly:

  • Soil and water conservation
  • Fodder development
  • Regeneration of vegetation
  • Fuel wood plantation
  • Income generating activities
  • Horticulture plantation
  • Community Development

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Maa Thota Project

Maa Thota

The tribal population of India constitutes of 9% of total population distributed over 94,000 tribal villages. Tribals are dependent mainly on agriculture, forests and livestock. But the deteriorating forest resources have endangered the agriculture and livestock productivity due to shrinking of water resources and poor fuel & fodder supply. The small, marginal, fragmented, un-irrigated and mono crop agriculture holdings and low productive livestock population do not offer adequate opportunities for their livelihood. These factors, therefore, compel them for migration to nearby towns for subsistence, leaving their productive assets idle. Tribals residing in remote areas are still devoid of common infrastructure facilities of road and communication, health and education and safe drinking water, etc.

Ramky Foundation, with its commitment for overall development of tribal population through both farm and non-farm activities, has been implementing the Integrated Tribal Development Project in the remote tribal villages of two states viz. Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal with the support of NABARD. The aim of the project is comprehensive tribal development through “Wadi” model (ref: “Wadi” in Gujarati means a ‘small orchard’ covering one or two acre of barren land), whose objective is rejuvenation of the environment in an integrated and comprehensive manner leading to improved quality of life of poor tribal families. The components covered under this program are;

  • Orchard development
  • Soil conservation
  • Water Resources Management
  • Women Development
  • Community health
  • Micro Enterprise for landless people
  • Processing and marketing
  • Human Resources Development
  • Other auxiliary components to dovetail with above activities
  • Areas of Implementation:

    RF is implementing the Integrated Tribal Development Program (ITDP) with the support of NABARD’s Tribal Development Fund (TDF) in two states viz. Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. In Andhra Pradesh, the project is implementing in Atmakur, Kothapalli and Pamulapadu mandals of Kurnool district covering 1000 acres in 11 villages benefitting 1100households (including 100 landless families).

    In West Bengal, the project is implementing in Sankrail Block of Paschim Medinipur district covering 528 acres benefitting 850 households of 25 villages.

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Solid Waste Management Project

Solid Waste Management

Ramky Foundation is implementing the "Environmental Effectiveness through Efficient Solid Waste Management" project at Pedakakani, Guntur district. The project was funded by NABARD under the Environmental Promotional Assistance scheme. A total amount of Rs.10 lakhs has been sanctioned by NABARD under the scheme and the Ramky Foundation is contributing another Rs.3 lakhs for the same.

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Awareness Programmes on Municipal Solid Waste Management

Awareness Programmes

Ramky Foundation has been conducting awareness programmes on effective municipal solid waste management in collaboration with Ramky Enviro Engineers Limited and the Municipalities/Municipal Corporations in some of the towns and cities in India. This programme began in May 2010 at New Delhi and has now spread to Aurangabad, Kolhapur and Mumbai in Maharashtra, Bhagalpur and Gaya in Bihar and Guwahati in Assam.

The programmes under these projects consist of:

  • Meeting with stakeholders
  • Training programmes for service providers
  • Street plays
  • Rallies
  • Pamphlet distribution
  • Door-to-Door meetings
  • Competitions and awareness in schools
  • Competitions at housing societies, etc.

The ultimate aim here is to facilitate clean and green towns and cities.

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Accelerated Development of Minor Irrigation Project

Accelerated Development of Minor Irrigation Project

Department of Water Resources Investigation and Development, Government of West Bengal awarded Support Organizations to Ramky Foundation, to work in 4 districts in the implementation of Accelerated Development of Minor Irrigation Project funded by World Bank. Ramky Foundation has been assigned the task as Support Organisation to facilitate enhancing agricultural productivity of small and marginal farmers, organize the beneficiary farmers into Water User Associations (WUA) to resume responsibilities of Management, operation and maintenance of scheme, facilitation & preparation of Scheme Development and management plans, facilitation & implementation of Agriculture Support Services and e-project is Rs. 3 Crores. Ramky Foundation has been facilitating the following activities under capacity building, promoting effective functioning and fostering of Water User Associations.

Project Goals & Objectives:

  • Facilitate community mobilization for formation of WUA
  • Facilitate participation and strengthening of community based institutions for successful implementation and sustainability of the project
  • Foster capacity building for project staff and other relevant functionaries to help increase capability to provide long-term support and monitor the activities of WUAs
  • Assist in expanding farm based livelihood options to increase productivity of existing farm based livelihood practices by building capacity of farmers and fishermen, by bringing convergence in activities of line departments
  • Ramky Foundation has appointed a 5 member team who work closely with the DPU/PMU teams, in terms of the activities to be undertaken and the scope of achieving project tasks.

Outcomes:

  • Formation of 32 Water User Associations WUAs
  • Collection of Rs. 58.11 lakh back to the accounts of WUAs from Revenue department up to October 2015, which was paid as water tax by the farmers and it is being used as corpus fund.
  • Tank Improvement Systems covering 13561.66 acres of ayacut under 32 tanks.
  • Ramky Foundation is appreciated as the Best Nodal Supporting Organization (NSO) for well maintenance of records and auditing reports at the district level.
  • Achieved the target of 19 OK card trainings under the project.

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Andhra Pradesh Minor Irrigation Tank Management Project

Andhra Pradesh Minor Irrigation Tank Management Project

Ramky Foundation provides consulting services as the Nodal Support Organization for WUA Sustainability Monitoring in the prestigious Andhra Pradesh Community based Tank Management project. As a Nodal Support Organization, it works in Krishna District to enable institutional sustainability of all WUAs through increased collection of water tax, corpus fund and WUA monitoring & management. Ramky Foundation is committed to enhance WUAs capacity towards maintaining sustainable tank management system and fosters participatory approach towards O&M of tanks and water management. It understands the training needs of WUAs, thereby facilitating efficient learning outcomes.

Project Goals & Objectives:

  • To increase availability and efficient usage of water for enhancing crop productivity
  • To facilitate improved tank based livelihood support through integration and adoption of agriculture and allied activities
  • To increase cooperation among various stakeholders in the Tank management value chain thereby building a partnership approach
  • We adopt an institution building approach to enhance the existing capacity of the WUAs through a value-laden professional approach. Ramky Foundation conducts objective assessment of WUAs through field visits thereby proposing appropriate interventions based on desired objectives of the project. SWOT analysis of each WUA and focused interventions are conducted to strategize and capitalize on the strengths of WUAs for their sustainability. We facilitate WUAs in conducting crop water budgeting workshops and promote efficient water use methods. Ramky Foundation acts as knowledge partner with specific focus on agribusiness planning and implementation.

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Rajiv Gandhi Participatory Irrigation and Agriculture Development Programme

Rajiv Gandhi Participatory Irrigation and Agriculture
Development Programme

Water Conservation Department, Government of Maharashtra is implementing a Pilot project “Rajiv Gandhi Participatory Irrigation and Agricultural Development Programme (RGPIADP)” funded through RKVY. This programme is proposed to implement on existing Minor irrigation schemes constructed by Minor irrigation (Local Sector). 19 schemes of 25 have been given to Ramky Foundation in 3 circles of Maharashtra namely Nagpur, Amravati and Aurangabad.

Ramky Foundation has partnered with a local NGO Apeksha Homeo Society in implementing this project. The project implementation started in October 2012. The duration of the project is for 18 months i.e., from September 2012 to Feb 2014.

Project Goals & Objectives:

  • To increase the irrigated area
  • To completely utilize available water
  • To increase the cropping intensity
  • Repair of Headwork and Distribution system
  • Formation and registration of Water Users Association
  • Handing over schemes for operations and maintenance (for an initial period of five years)
  • Capacity Building of WUA as well as beneficiaries

Impact of the Project:

  • Increase in Irrigated area
  • Increased area under indirect irrigation
  • Increase in Agricultural produce, thereby increase in income
  • Improved Living standard of beneficiaries

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Convergence of Agriculture Intervention in Maharashtra (CAIM)

Convergence of Agriculture Intervention in Maharashtra (CAIM)

Ramky Foundation acts as an Implementation Agency for the Project. The project is funded by International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), Department of Agriculture, Govt. of Maharashtra and Sir Ratan Tata Trust. The project envisages enabling rural poor to overcome poverty by developing sustainable means, so as to increase their socio economic status. In order to achieve the goal, the target group from the same socio-economic status form groups like JLGs, SHGs, VDCs.These groups are encouraged to undertake micro enterprises activities (on and off farm), SSI, SMEs that are linked to the market. The overall goal of the Programme is to contribute to the development of resilient production, sustainable and diversified households, on-farm and off-farm livelihoods, allowing households to face production and market risks without falling back into poverty and distress.

Project Goals & Objectives:

  • Improve household incomes from diversified farming and off-farm activities
  • Render farming systems resilient with the introduction of organic and low-input contract farming
  • Facilitate the involvement of farmer groups in primary processing, quality enhancement and marketing
  • Empower women through micro-finance and micro-enterprises and
  • Achieve convergence of government programmes and resources

Project Components:

  • Institutional Capacity Building & Partnerships
  • Market linkages & Sustainable Agriculture and
  • Programme Management

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KRISHI GOPAL

KRISHI GOPAL

Due to lack of scientific approach or knowledge on cultivation, farmers are indiscriminately applying chemical fertilizers and pesticides. It is resulting in production of highly infested agriculture produce. Pro Jayashankar Agriculture University, Hyderabad conducted monthly test to know the chemicals presence in vegetable by collecting samples from various markets in the cities across the Telugu states. The tests revealed that the presence of chemical residuals several times higher than the permissible limits. The result say that the chemicals such as Sypur Mitrine, Asitamipryd, Monocrotopas, Mithamidopas, and Mithamile which are not suppose to apply on vegetables were found.

Over the years, due to propagation of unsustainable agricultural practices, the natural eco system especially soil and water are adversely affected. The increasing burden on farmers to use more fertilizers, more pesticides for better yields is increasing their debt burden and affecting the viability of agriculture. These low returns on agriculture are turning away many young and entrepreneurial farmers away from agriculture. The increasing debt burden due to high costs on agriculture is driving many farmers to suicides.

RF with the aim of promoting sustainable organic agriculture practices to the farmers is implementing the project “Krishi Gopal - Scale up of Technology-Knowledge-Practices under Natural Farming through Farmers’ Friendly Approaches” in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh with the support of NABARD.

The Project came into reality and went to the fields on 15th October 2016, after putting huge efforts on motivating the farmers. Though the farmers were not interested to adopt the natural farming practices due to various misconceptions, RF succeeded in motivating them through continuous rapport and interaction to create awareness on the benefits of organic farming. /p>

Now the project is successfully implementing in 50 acres in Karivena and Bhanakacherla villages benefitting 50 farmers belonging to Scheduled Castes. Various vegetables and Leafy vegetables are growing by using natural inputs like Jeevamrutam, Ghana Jeevamrutam, Neemastram, Brahmastram, Agniastram and other bio pesticides that are providing through the project time to time as per the crop plan and package of practices. The beneficiaries are experiencing better yields and earning huge profits with less input cost.

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Mahanandi Farmer Producer Organisation

Mahanandi Farmer Producer Organisation

Ramky Foundation, with the support of NABARD is implementing a project – “Formation and Nurturing of “Mahanandi Banana Farmers Producer Company Limited” in Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh. The project covers 325 – 350 farmers in 6 villages of Mahanandi Mandal namely Gopavaram, Alli Nagaram, Thimmapuram, Srinagaram, Gajulapalli, Bukkapuram.

Need for the Project: & Objectives:

The project area is located very near to Nallamala forest and the area is also known to many people in and outside the state because of Mahanandhi Lord Siva Temple. Natural Resource wise the soils are suitable for cultivation of Banana and there is abundant availability of ground water

The farmers in project area have been cultivating Banana since 40 years in nearly 1200-1500 acres, but not earning sufficient benefits due to the following reasons;

  • 1. The Farmers are cultivating “Mahandhi Sugandhi”, an old variety of Banana crop though different advanced varieties of Banana have been introduced by research centers. There are several problems relating to yield, investment, market, growth and production due to cultivation of this traditional variety and this variety is not popular in other parts of the country. G9 Banana, a recent well known variety is suitable for cultivation in the project area.
  • 2. The farmers are habituated to collect suckers from their own field for sowing purpose, though various high yielding Tissue Culture saplings are available. This is leading to uneven growth and yield of the crop. The hidden problem regarding this issue is cost of cultivation; traditional crop requires Rs. 0.80 to 1 lakh investment, whereas Tissue Culture needs Rs. 1.25 to 1.35 lakhs. But the innocent farmers are not aware that improved variety resolves the major problems associated with cultivation practices such as even growth of crop, harvesting, wider scope for marketing destinations and stable price to produce, etc, which results in earning good profit
  • 3. The crop continues for 10 months starting from March; November to January is the peak period for harvesting. The crop often damages due to natural calamities such as storms and heavy winds during November, December and May months in the project area. But, majority of the farmers not aware about the crop insurance.
  • 4. 80% of the crop produced in the area is transporting to Chennai and the remaining 20% to Vijayawada for marketing. Though the farmers have been cultivating Banana since 40 years, they could not able to spread their marketing destinations to different corners of the country, as they are not organized as a group
  • To address the above cited problems and gaps, Ramky Foundation felt that there is great need for promotion of Farmer Producer Organization (FPO) involving the Banana cultivating farmers. The aim of the project is to enhance the knowledge and Capacity of Banana Cultivating Farmers, enhance production and productivity duly focusing on conversion traditional suckers to Tissue Culture plants, creating advanced infrastructure and facilities relating to marketing, and promotion of resources required for sustainable profitable business through FPO.

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Sangameswara Farmer Producer Organization

Sangameswara Farmer Producer Organization

Pamulapadu, Kothapalli and Atmakur mandals situated near Nallamala Forest, falls under backward areas of Kurnool district. Agriculture and Livestock management are the primary livelihoods of the people residing in this area. 80% of the families depend on milk cattle for their livelihoods. But they depend on milk collection agents to sell the milk who are profit oriented and hence the potential for development of the primary producer has been neglected. Though several varieties of grass (perennial or annual) are available in market; none of the primary producers are cultivating fodder crops to feed the cattle.

RF, to overcome the above said problems has established Sangameswara FPO (Farmer Producer Organization) with the following objectives;

  • 1.To equip the primary producers with appropriate support mechanism in order to realize the optimum milk production and productivity in project area
  • 2 .To promote and nurture farmer friendly producer organization that addresses gaps in investment, initiations, technologies, marketing, and value chain.
  • 3.To make the beneficiaries accessible to various provisions available for them such as cattle insurance, other convergence schemes, etc.

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Umbrella Program for Natural Resource management

Umbrella Program for Natural Resource management

Ramky Foundation is implementing Umbrella Program for Natural Resources Management (UPNRM) project in Pamulapadu mandal of Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh with the support of NABARD. The program aims to reduce poverty of rural people by creating livelihood opportunities, increasing farm income, strengthening the agriculture value chain and conserving the natural resources. .

Total 120 people belonging to three villages i.e. Vadala, ErraGuduru and Banakacherla are benefitting from the program.

Activities of the program:

The primary activity of the project is to provide financial and technical support to promote Dairy units to the targeted beneficiaries.

The activities covered under the program are;

  • Distribution of loans to 120 beneficiaries in order to take up dairying activity
  • Establishment of Vermi-compost unit in Erraguduru Village .
  • Facilitation of training programs to incorporate the best practices in dairy management.
  • Facilitating regular filed visits by Veterinary Assistants to examine buffalos’ physical condition and further treatment process.
  • Follow up activities on loan repayment.
  • Claiming for animal insurance where ever required.
  • Facilitating linkages with milk collection agents and other marketing agencies.