In order to commemorate Van-Mahotsav with a difference, Hindustan Zinc’s Zinc Smelter Debari (ZSD) has started a campaign of intensive plantation in the surrounding villages wherein its community including women, farmers and self-help groups would plant more than 7500 plants under this drive.
Under ‘Van-Mahotsav’, more than 5000 women and 100+ farmers in 30 villages around Debari have committed to participate and plant at least 1-2 trees at their homes and farm land. In order to make this plantation drive unique and sustainable, the CSR team of Zinc Smelter Debari along with the Department of Social Forestry, Hanuman Van Vikas Samiti & BAIF are working with full zeal.
Based on a systematic response collection from rural women, self- help groups & farmers, desired varieties of plants had been successfully leveraged from the govt. department. The uniqueness of this campaign lies in the fact that with this initiative, the rural women and farmers will not only be able to revive their existing fruit orchards but will also be able to sustainably revitalize their land along with support to their conventional crop farming.To grace the occasion, Zinc Smelter Debari’s environment heads- Ms. Sadhna Verma & Mr. Digambar Patil were present at one of the plantation sites.
Biodiversity has always been an important area for Hindustan Zinc, and all their locations take consistent efforts to develop and improve biodiversity. The company had recently celebrated World Environment Day with plantations across locations and also launched a virtual plantation drive, keeping in mind social distancing whilst not compromising on contributing to the environment.