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FXB India Suraksha partners with Cairn India for sustainable livelihood

 

Andhra Pradesh, June 17, 2014: East Godavari District is primarily an agricultural district and is among the most prosperous districts in the State of Andhra Pradesh. In contrast there are a few villages which remained undeveloped due to lack of resources and growth in the district, Surasani Yanam is one such backward villages of the area with a population of about 3878 (2011 census) people. The major occupation of the community includes agriculture, unskilled labour, fishing and a few aqua based businesses.

 

To extend the support to the communities of Surasani Yanam, together FXB India Suraksha and Cairn India aims to promote sustainable livelihoods with special focus on women through promotion of skills and Self Help Groups based collective enterprises in seven habitations namely S.R. Nagar, Pedaeta, S. Yanam main, Jallivaripeta, Gollapallivari peta, I Malapalli & AB Varipeta of S. Yanam village of Uppalaguptam mandal, Andhra Pradesh.

Cairn India is one of the largest independent oil and gas exploration and production companies in India.  With its conviction that continuous business growth go hand in hand with sustainable communities while creating value for stakeholders, Cairn India  is committed to creating value through leadership in Corporate Responsibility. With its prime objectives to proactively manage community expectations Cairn has extended its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives through FXB India Suraksha in the villages around Ravva project site near Amalapuram town, East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh.

FXBIS has conducted a survey to shortlist a few most feasible SHGs out of total 84 existing groups and selected six most appropriate SHGs to initiate enterprises. The team ensured participation of the community leaders and all pressure groups in selection of this first batch of SHGs for promotion of enterprises. As part of enterprise development activities assessment, the team made visits to various local home based industries like brooms making, coir rope units to build collaborations and understand the dynamics of replicating the same enterprise for women.

 

Group meeting with the women members 

 

Another most appropriate income generation activities identified is the mushroom cultivation. During the market survey it was found that there is a dearth of fresh mushrooms in Amalapuram & Kakinada town of Andhra Pradesh. Thus the concept of establishing a mushroom resource center took birth. A mushroom resource centre was established at S. Yanam village and formally initiated operations from 28th May 2014. FXB team has organized a basic orientation program on milky mushroom cultivation and services offered by the locally established resource centre for about 30 SHG women on 30th May-14. The women have shown great interest to be part of this initiative and make additional income for the family with minimum efforts.

 

The Mushroom resource center up and running

With one of the income generation activities almost running, Cairn India and FXB India Suraksha now proceeds further to develop such more sustainable employment for the communities of Amlapuram, Andhra Pradesh.At present the unit has installed the capacity of 40Kgs spawn processing per month and will try to make it 50 after two full crops. That means to kick start the groups will be able to produce 480 spawn beds per month i.e. approximately 300Kgs of milky mushroom per month.

Know more about Cairn India's Corporate Social Responsibility here: www.cairnindia.com/sustainability

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