Poverty Alleviation Projects




COMMUNITY WELFARE PROJECT – SAUWAL, TEHSIL PIND DADAN KHAN

On February 26, 2018, Lt Gen Shafqaat Ahmed CE & MD FFC visited tehsil Pind Dadan Khan for the inauguration of various community welfare Projects taken up and executed successfully under the supervision of CSR department. The projects details are as follows:
 Water Supply Scheme for two villages i.e. Samman & Sauwal (underground new HDPE pipe line – 9 Km, incl pumps, motors and accessories)
 Installation of Water Purification Plant 5000 GPD for provision of clean drinking water for the residents of village Sauwal, Tehsil PD Khan.
 Construction of Offices and Teachers block at Raj Bukhsh Trust Model School Sauwal, Tehsil PD Khan



ANNUAL FUN-FARE

Charity fun fare are organized annually at Plant site Goth Machhi and Mirpur Mathelo with revenues from the event utilized for various social & welfare activities for the population in the surrounding area. In 2018 Rs 1.8 million has been donated by FFC for the annual charity funfare.



AVC PROJECT

FFC is collaborating with Pakistan Microfinance Investment Company (PMIC) for the 3rd year for an Agricultural Value Chain (AVC) with a project cost of Rs. 503 million. This project has been developed to facilitate and cater to the small farmers i.e. 5 acres landholding and less. The aim is the reduction in crop cultivation cost, increasing crop yield, access to best quality of seed, farming techniques and access to fertilizer along with continuous support and expertise of FFC agriculture experts. The AVC project compliments our core business activities and certifies our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goal’s. The project is being executed using the platform of Sona Welfare Foundation (SWF) and Agri Services (FFC). The AVC will support 10,000 small wheat and rice farmers with an approximated land holding of 30,000 acres in Sheikhupura, Nankana Sahib and Gujranwala.



UP GRADATION SCHEME FOR BILAL COLONY GOTH MACHHI

Rs 10 million have been donated for new sewerage line and brick soling at Bilal Colony T-Chowk, Goth Machhi. Request for the project was based on a tragedy which led to the death of a child in a pond used for make shift sewerage arrangement. Project includes 4500 Rft of new sewerage line, 95 new manholes and 4500 Sft of brick soling. A new pumping station is being established as well with sludge pump and collection pit



FAMILIES ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (GOTH MACHHI & MIRPUR MATHELO)

FFC family assistance program extends basic living facilities to the newly married couples from the tehsils of Sadiqabad and Mirpur Mathelo. During 2018 FFC CSR extended financial assistance to 25 families amounting to Rs. 1.9 million.



LIVELIHOOD SUPPORT (GOTH MACHHI)

On humanitarian grounds FFC CSR extended financial support to a resident (disable) of Sadiqabad Mr Nawab Ali through provision of Auto Rickshaw amounting to Rs 0.11 million in order for him to support his family.



MISCELLANEOUS

Rs 0.3 million were donated in 2018 toward the initiative “Safety & Security Today” journal which has been launched to highlight issues related to safety & security in domestic and commercial sector.



SWF CSR has undertaken concrete measures for poverty alleviation in Pakistan. Some of these are as follows:

Technical Training Centre
Sona Vocational Centre
Agri Service

FFC Contribution to Agriculture Research Globally

Technical Training Centre

Technical training is considered to be a method of immediate relief from the shackles of poverty by imparting useful practical knowledge of basic technical trades. FFC has established its Technical Training Center (TTC) at plant site, Rahim Yar Khan. TTC programs involve courses for staff of FFC as well as young matriculate students from adjoining areas. Some highlights of TTC are:

Matriculate students from surrounding community completed 3 months Mechanical Craft Course.

3 sessions on first aid training.
3 programs were arranged on defensive driving. Highway and Motorway Police provided resource persons for this training.
3 courses on MS-EXEL 2007, MS-WORD 2007 and MS-POWER POINT were organized.
53 Skill Improvement Programs were held in trades of operation, equipment maintenance, machinery maintenance, instrument and electrical.
3 courses were conducted for ENGRO including two courses on machinery maintenance and one on equipment maintenance.

Sona Vocational Centre

Sona Vocational Centre (SVC) has been established at Mirpur Mathelo. It started its operation in February 2009. The aim behind SVC is to empower womenfolk of the society, who face deprivation especially in the rural areas of our country. Courses covered under SVC program are:

Tailoring & Stitching
Hand Embroidery
Machine Embroidery
Aar Work
Neck Designing
Cooking
Beautician
Qurashia
All the courses running under SVC program are free of cost for women.

Agri Service

FFC has been providing Agricultural Advisory Services to the farming community throughout Pakistan since 1982, for increasing the agriculture production in general and the farmers’ economic returns in particular. Till date more than 1.5 million farmers have been given agriculture support under this program. this program. Farm Advisory Centers are located in 5 cities of Pakistan, having a team of agricultural expert providing miscellaneous advisory services through

Training Programs for the farmers
Crop Demonstrations
Field Days
Farmer Meetings
Village Meetings
Crop Seminars
Farm Visits
Group Discussions

All the centers are fully equipped with modern sophisticated computerized Soil & Water Testing Laboratories and high-tech extension equipment. For stronger link and timely guidance of farmers, FFC publishes a quarterly Urdu and Sindhi News Letter “Zarai Report” containing season specific information regarding crops, fruits, vegetables, improved agronomic practices and articles on agricultural issues. FFC technical teams maintain close coordination with government departments working on these lines, so that more and more users can avail these services. Farmers from across Pakistan can avail these services as FFC offers e-service through its web site and via email correspondence.

FFC Contribution to Agriculture Research

FFC always strives for new research and techniques in the field of agriculture and fertilizer industry. Team of experts from the field of agriculture, continuously devises new methods of agriculture. FFC research work makes its way to both international and local agriculture/ fertilizer sector journals. Some of these are:

International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) Brochure
Soil & Environment (Pakistan Journal of Soil Science)
Proceedings of National Fertilizer Development Centre
Farming Outlook
Monthly Kissan World, Lahore
Monthly Zari Dunya, Lahore
Monthly Jadid Ziraat, Lahore
Monthly Dhamak, Lahore
Monthly Nidaay Kissan, Lahore
Monthly Mahyaar, Lahore
Monthly Kissan Wing, Lahore