ACF Chandrapur has been recognized for its innovative 'biomass' initiative which helps generate an alternative source of income for farmers by utilizing agricultural waste (such as cotton stalk) as fuel for industrial usage.
The project not only prevents environmental pollution (due to the burning of the cotton stalk) but is also helping farmers to earn additional income. Additionally, ACF's Farmer Producer Organisation in Chandrapur has earned Rs 10.74 lakh (out of total turnover Rs. 2.43 Cr.) by supplying 10,743 ton of cotton stalk in the last three months.
On 8th July 2018, Honourable Minister of Finance, Planning and Forests (Government of Maharashtra) Mr. Sudhir Mungantiwar felicitated ACF Chandrapur for successfully implementing the Sustainable Livelihood Initiative by promoting Alternative Fuel Resources in Korpana block.
The project was selected under the competition titled KHOJ - an initiative by the office of District Collector, Chandrapur - which aimed to provide a platform to citizens to share innovative ideas either at a conceptual or implementation stage.
Mr. Sopan Nagargoje (Project Manager, ACF Chandrapur) and Mr. Deepak Salve (Producer Unit Coordinator, ACF Chandrapur) represented Ambuja Cement Foundation at the felicitation event. Other dignitaries present during the event were MLA Mr. Sanjay Dhote, MLA Mr. Nanabhau Shamkule, Ex-MLA Mr. Atulbhau Deshkar, Z P President Mr. Devrao Bhongle, Chandrapur Mayor Ms. Anjali Ghotekar, Ballarshah Mayor Mr. Harish Sharma, Chairman and Nominee Director of Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra Ltd Mr. Chandansingh Chandel, Chandrapur Dy. Mayor Mr. Anil Fulzele, District Collector Shri. Ashutosh Salil and Z P CEO Shri.Jitendra Papalkar.