The Pragati project has over 6,000 hectares of generally semi-arid land repeatedly farmed according to the SuCCESS sustainability code
BASF and its partners have published the latest results from the Pragati project for sustainable castor beans. Pragati, the world’s first sustainable castor program was founded in May 2016 by Arkema, BASF SE, Jayant Agro-Organics along with implementation partner Solidaridad.
After the successful implementation in the previous years, the Pragati members are further committed to the world’s first sustainable castor program.
The SuCCESS code mandates regular medical monitoring for all workers. Heavy emphasis is also put on improved personal safety and chemical hygiene. In addition, the farmers are encouraged to use renewable energy, where possible.
The farmer safety kits are provided by BASF. They include disposable respirators, safety glasses and gloves, as well as easy-to-understand, picture-based instructions that show where, when and how to use each personal protection item, along with instructions on how to handle chemicals safely.
Additionally, the SuCCESS code encourages all certified farmers to ensure that their school-age children are actively enrolled in school.
The project was driven by a baseline survey of more than 1,000 castor farmers in Gujarat, India, where the majority of the world’s castor supply originates. The original baseline study highlighted the fact that farmers see castor as a highly remunerative and profitable crop, that is easy to grow and easy to sell.
The goal of the project has been to enable sustainable castor crop production by: