Pragati is the world’s first sustainable castor bean program

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The founding members of the Pragati project for sustainable castor cultivation – Arkema, BASF SE, Jayant Agro-Organics as well as implementing partner Solidaridad – have finalized and published the final audited and certified results of the fifth year of their program.
In December 2021, members updated the impacts of the program so far:
  • In total, more than 5,800 farmers have been trained, audited and certified, a 27% increase in year 5 of the program compared to the previous year

  • 36,000 tons of certified castor beans were grown, an increase of 50% in year 5 of the program compared to the previous year

  • Yield improved by more than 35% compared to the comparable yield published by the region’s local government for 2020-2021

  • More than 13,300 hectares are now cultivated in accordance with the SuCCESS sustainable castor code (see www.castorsuccess.org)

  • About. 6,300 safety kits and boxes of phytosanitary products were distributed free of charge

  • Water consumption has been reduced by approx. 35% in demonstration plots where precise measurement and control are in place

  • Farmers from over 69 villages in North Gujarat now participate in the program

  • “Through our joint efforts in this program, we are supporting the sustainable production of castor beans to establish sustainable supply chains that, among other things, increase yields and farmer incomes,” said Karin Wagner, Head of the supply of castor oil and derivatives at BASF.

Farmer Safety Kits are provided by BASF. They include disposable respirators, safety glasses and gloves, as well as easy-to-understand pictorial instructions that show where, when and how to use each personal protective item, as well as instructions on how to handle chemicals safely. security.

The Pragati Project was launched in May 2016 following a baseline survey of over 1,000 castor growers in Gujarat, India, where the majority of the world’s castor supply originates. The objective of the project is to enable sustainable castor production by:

  • Use water resources efficiently and maintain soil fertility

  • Promote the adoption of good waste management practices

  • Enable best health and safety practices and respect human rights

  • Pragati is the Hindi word for progress. Visit www.castorsuccess.org for more details.

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