The lives we have touched
Who We are
C-SAFE (Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Agriculture & Farm Excellence) was launched to celebrate the 150 years of Tata Group. The activities which commenced in 2019 under C-SAFE are aimed towards a singular goal - to experiment, pilot, establish and advocate SAFE models for driving value, safe environment and safe food creation.
Established in 2019 with the purpose of opening up new opportunities for farmers, C-SAFE started with the project - Chauras Farmers Producer Company, where the RNR 145048 variety was introduced across 227 acres. Starting off, we also focussed on tomato crops in Mandya and Onion crops in Nashik, helping over 150 farmers. Once Kharif season approached, the Paddy Project scaled up to two varieties - RNR 15048 & Superfine - covering 1500 acres, while Tomato Value Chain Projects extended for over 600 acres. Together, these projects have helped over 1000 farmers.
The C-SAFE PAddy Value Chain Project has provided them with the great opportunity to unleash the potential of their member FPOs. They now plan to set up a state-of-the-art 30,000 TPA Buhler Uniline Paddy Processing facility, a project that will ensure an end-to-end paddy chain that will benefit all stakeholders, especially 3000 small and marginal farmers, covering 10,000 acres. Upon successful implementation, they plan to expand the same to 10 such clusters within their jurisdiction.
In the journey of ‘Dhaan se leke Chaval tak’, Chauras, with support from farmer in the area, participated in the C-SAFE Paddy Value Chain Project in 2019. Last year Chauras started working with 227 acres which has now scaled up to 1500 acres. Chauras is also establishing a high-tech Rice Mill by 2022 which is targeted to cover over 9000 acres to benefit more farmers. With the help of Chauras and C-SAFE, in the first season farmers have been able to triple their income.
Vasant Devram Fulwande has been associated with the Paddy value chain project from summer 2019-20. Ever since he became a member of Chauras FPC, C-SAFE Crop Advisers have conducted regular field visits and guided him on scientific paddy cropping. Earlier he used to purchase Agri inputs on credit but now Chauras has provided him with all the required inputs - saving him over Rs. 3,000. Chauras has also helped self-purchase his paddy, which saved his 70 rupees per quintal transportation cost. All this has helped him not only save money, but to increase his earnings as well