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Noble in All Causes: ISRO Adopts Drought-Hit Karnataka Village, Aims to Prevent Farmer Suicides

Noble in All Causes: ISRO Adopts Drought-Hit Karnataka Village, Aims to Prevent Farmer Suicides

Antrix Corporation Limited, the marketing arm of ISRO, has adopted a drought-hit Karnataka village with the aim of preventing farmer suicides.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) continues to make the country proud with every step and all its decisions.

This time, Antrix Corporation Limited, the marketing arm of ISRO has decided to adopt the drought-hit Brahmasandra village in Sira taluk of Tumakuru district, Karnataka. The organization aims to improve the quality of life of farmers there.


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The initiative has been taken up as a part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities of Antrix. The company will collaborate with Bharatiya Agro-Industries Foundation (BAIF) for the execution of the project. And a budget of Rs. 3.81 crore has been earmarked for a period of five years.

Karnataka’s Minister for Law, Parliamentary Affairs, Animal Husbandry and Muzrai, T.B. Jayachandra, told The Hindu that this village has been selected for the project because the highest number of farmer suicides have been reported from Sira taluk over the past two years.

The village has a population of 1,420 with 356 households engaged primarily in agriculture. The programme will focus on making agriculture a profitable occupation by creating a sustainable model village that is home to smart infrastructure, hi-tech skills, assets, support services, and market linkages.

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The project will also work towards the betterment of agricultural productivity in the village by employing modern methods of farming. To sustain the momentum even after the five-year-long duration of the project, the company will form a village development committee.

The initiative will also address different water-related issues like scarcity of potable drinking water due to high levels of fluoride, improper drainage, poor solid waste management and sanitation facilities, and groundwater depletion.

Dr. B.K. Ranganath, Director (CSR), Antrix Corporation Limited, ISRO, Bengaluru told The Hindu, “We selected the perennial drought-hit village, Brahmasandra, to implement watershed development, tank rejuvenation and rainwater harvesting for drinking water, the construction of farm ponds to increase the groundwater table, and also to train farmers to use modern tools and advanced technology in agriculture.”

Antrix will also contribute to making the village open-defecation free by constructing toilets.

Know more about ISRO here.

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