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Tata Steel and Tata Cummins provide Irrigation Solution to Punsa farmers
Jamshedpur, 4/29/2014

~Lift irrigation system dedicated to the villagers  today~


Punsa is a  village located in the Bodaam block of East Singhbhum district. Tata Steel  Rural Development Society (TSRDS), one of the delivery arms of Tata Steel’s  Corporate Social Responsibility Department, has been working for the betterment  of the inhabitants of Punsa since a long time. Over the years, the village has  observed significant impact in terms of agricultural productivity, education to  adults as well as matriculation students, and women empowerment through  self-help groups and enterprise building activities.

 

The total  geographical area of the village is 747.70 acres out of which 185.10 acres are  worth cultivation. Unfortunately, only around 37 acres of land is being  cultivated of the total land available for it. In order, to shift the focus of  farmers from rainfall dependency agriculture and introduce the concept of  second and third crop farming to them, TSRDS constructed ponds and a lift  irrigation system. This has helped farmers to take up vegetable cultivations.

 

In order to further increase the coverage of  cultivable area and make farming more sustainable, Tata Steel in collaboration  with Tata Cummins installed yet another lift irrigation system at Punsa. Nearly  35 acres of land will be enriched for second and third crop cultivations and 55  farmers will be benefitted by the installation. Mr Biren Bhuta, Chief,  Corporate Social Responsibility, Tata Steel, and Mr Aswtha Ram, VP  (Operations), Tata Cummins inaugurated the lift irrigation system and dedicated  it to the residents of this village today in the presence of Mr Debdoot  Mohanty, Head , Rural Services, TSRDS Team and villagers.

 

The maintenance of the Lift  Irrigation system will be supervised by the ‘Adibasi Jan Kalyan Samiti’, a  trust formed by the youth to take up development work at the village. The trust  has formed a ‘Pani Panchayat Samiti’ which will be responsible for the upkeep  of the system.




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