Cargill installs 1,000-meter water supply pipeline to improve water access for 1,200 farming households in Karnataka’s Bannikodu village
Part of project SAATHI: Working with 5,000 farming households in Davangere
Davangere (June 14, 2017): Cargill strengthened the water supply network for 1,200 farming households in Bannikodu village, Karnataka, India, by installing a 1,000-meter water supply pipeline. Demonstrating its commitment to strengthen agricultural communities, Cargill linked an existing bore well on the lower side of the village to the water tank on the upper side, making tap water available for nearby homes.
Due to continuous drought this year, Karnataka is facing acute water shortages. This summer has been especially difficult for residents of Bannikodu village due to a water supply problem which arose due to the non-uniform distribution of water. The families living on lower side of village were receiving abundant water vis-à-vis the ones living on upper side and this had also resulted in tension in the village.
Cargill responded promptly to the request to lay the pipeline in the village. This pipeline links the existing bore well on the lower side of the village to the water tank on the upper side of the village and consistently addresses the water requirement of the 1,200 households in the village. Today, the villagers are getting tap water near their houses without having to fetch the water from the common tap at some distance.
Community engagement and sustainable development is one of the important components of Cargill’s SAATHI project, a four-year Davangere Local Economic Development project which aims to impact the lives of 5,000 farming households in the community. The project works on agriculture development and diversification, livelihood development for youth, economic empowerment for women and community development. Cargill has partnered with TechnoServe, a non-profit development organization, which is helping in implementing the project on the ground.
Speaking on the occasion, Peter Van Deursen, CEO, Cargill Asia Pacific said “We are committed to help the communities where we live and work. Improving water resources is an important part of Cargill’s efforts to nourish the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way.”
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In India, Cargill’s operations started in 1987. It has businesses in refined oils, food ingredients, grain and oilseeds, cotton, animal nutrition and trade structured finance. Cargill Foods India markets leading consumer brands of edible oils such as Nature Fresh, Gemini, Sweekar, Leonardo Olive Oil, Rath and Sunflower brand of hydrogenated fats. It also markets wheat flour under the Nature Fresh brand name. The Animal Nutrition business of Cargill provides animal feed and premix and nutrition for aqua, dairy and poultry. It markets animal feed and premix under the brands such as Provimi, Purina, Citura and Cargill. The Grains and Oilseed crush business originates grains and oilseeds at 240 storage locations. It employs more than 3,000 employees working across offices and plants and a network of warehouses and depots.