SWF CSR has undertaken concrete measures for poverty alleviation in Pakistan. Some of these are as follows:
Technical Training Centre
Sona Vocational Centre
FFC Contribution to Agriculture Research Globally
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 (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
All the courses running under SVC program are free of cost for women.
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
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 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
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