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Ambuja Cement Foundation Launches QR Code to Digitalise Training Material for Farmers

KJ Contributor
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Pearl Tiwari, CEO of Ambuja Cement Foundation

Ambuja Cement Foundation, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of Ambuja Cements Ltd, works with over 2.1 lakh farmers to empower them with knowledge and help them build their capabilities. Through numerous training programmes, ACF is imparting knowledge on judicious and safe use of inputs such as water, seeds, fertilizers and pesticides.

To streamline the learning process and ensure efficiency, Ambuja Cement Foundation launched a Quick Response (QR) platform. This  digital platform included all training material and can be stored for a longer period of time. A pilot trial of the platform was carried out with farmers in Marwa Mundwa and its success has led ACF to expand this service in Bathinda, Punjab and Kodinar, Gujarat making it available to 9000+ farmers.

Overcoming the challenge of storing reading material, the QR platform provides information to farmers anytime and anywhere. It is accessible by scanning the code, which has been made available in various community areas. The information includes data on Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), Principles and Criteria, and other cotton related agronomical aspects.

Mr. Neeraj Akhoury, MD & CEO, Ambuja Cements Ltd said, “Community well-being is deeply ingrained in our culture and integrates us with the wider world. Skilling farmers with the right knowledge can help improve the productivity of agricultural lands, thus improving yields and their development. Ambuja Cement Foundation has been consistently working towards bettering the lives of communities, by now adopting digital tools and platforms, we will only march towards building an equitable and better tomorrow.”

This digital innovation has been a boon for farmers during the pandemic as sharing of training material was no longer a challenge. The information could be accessed through the QR code. Furthermore, ACF leveraged it to provide updates on government guidelines, the agricultural sector, and to also upload precautionary measures to be practiced in fields during the pandemic. Thus, helping communities to make smarter business decisions.

While conducting training programmes are critical for creating livelihoods, sustaining the knowledge flow is equally important. The challenge that we were facing was maintaining the numerous copies of reading material. With digitalisation, the ACF team developed a solution to end the woes of the farmers.  The QR platform has digitized  learning for farmers and creating a repository of information gives an impetus to our community development efforts, and is supporting our vision of creating a sustainable tomorrow.” said, Pearl Tiwari, Director and CEO, Ambuja Cement Foundation.

This innovation has been appreciated by the farmers as it enables them to access data and information at a click of a button. Introducing this digital technology helped move beyond the traditional practice of distributing training material after every session, thus making the farmers independent to source relevant information after identifying any issue in the fields.

About Ambuja Cement Foundation:

Ambuja Cement Foundation is a grassroots pan-India implementing organisation that harnesses the power of partnerships — between communities, Government and other like-minded corporates and NGOs – to help solve pressing community problems and to foster prosperity.

For the past 25 years, ACF has created significant impact. A full-fledged Research and Monitoring Unit, along with numerous external, independent studies show significant change – in income levels, health indicators and overall harmony and happiness. Its work has spread beyond its core villages, and by working hand in hand with like-minded organizations, the Foundation aims to significantly impact the pressing issues currently inhibiting the country.

About Ambuja Cement:

Ambuja Cements Ltd., a part of the global conglomerate Holcim, is among the leading cement companies in India. Ambuja Cement has a cement capacity of 29.65 million tonnes with five integrated cement manufacturing plants and eight cement grinding units across the country.

Ambuja Cement has provided hassle-free, home-building solutions with its unique sustainable development projects and environment-friendly practices since it started operations.

The Company has many firsts to its credit – a captive port with four terminals that has facilitated timely, cost-effective, cleaner shipments of bulk cement to its customers.

To further add value to customers, the Company has launched innovative products like Ambuja Plus, Ambuja Cool Walls, Ambuja Compocem and Ambuja Kawach. These products not only fulfil important customer needs but also help in significantly reducing carbon footprints.

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