ITC, Mahindra, Walmart Etc Collaborate For AP

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Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Sri N Chandrababu Naidu is leaving no stone not turned towards the Development of Women and Children in Rural Areas (DWCRA) program. This program aims at improving the socio-economic status of poor women who need help in the areas of training and employment.

To this effect, the state government had signed pact with close to 16 companies, and this list includes some major names. Companies like ITC, Mahindra & Mahindra, Olam Agro and Walmart will now come forward and collaborate with Andhra Pradesh to market products under the DWCRA scheme.

Walmart, the well reputed US retail giant has agreed to procure rice and chillies for the farmers based in Anantapur and East Godavari districts. The US player will also provide an exclusive training into food processing to the poor women in the state.

Also, the Women Self Help Groups will supply water that is generated from renewable sources to these Walmart stores in the process. Plans are on to set up shops in locations such as Guntur, Vijayawada and Rajahmundry. ITC will extend support in the tobacco and chilli cultivation in its Guntur unit.

Olam Agro, on the other hand, will aid in processing cashew, coffee, chili, rice and other food products. Training will also be extended to the women on this front.

Mahindra & Mahindra has come forward to train farmers in the area of agricultural mechanisation and offer agri business solutions.

Companies like The National Dairy Development Board, Star Agriwarehousing and Collateral Management Limited, RMAL Information Private Limited will also provide avid support and training.




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