JK IMPACT :: IRRIGATION
Agriculture has a significant role in the Socio
- Economic fabric of India. According to the data available on Wikipedia, the
contribution of Agriculture and its allied sectors is approximately 13.7% of
total GDP (gross domestic production) in 2013 and 50% of the workforce.
Irrigation is always a challenge for this sector as it depends on monsoon. Fort
- Songadh is a locality where most of its native tribal depends on monsoon for
their agricultural business. They were not aware about the latest techniques and
were doing farming in traditional manner.
JK paper, as a paper production unit, need water in all the three stages of paper production namely, pulp making , pulp processing and paper / paper board manufacturing and their associated activities of cooking, bleaching and washing. About 85% of the water consumed in the pulp and paper industry is used only for processing, thus, leading to the generation of large volumes of contaminated wastewater.
As JK paper is a responsible paper industry and has a firm commitment for preservation of Environment and natural resources- it has decided to solve this problem and has developed a system for the recycling of waste water. In this regard, the company has taken various steps of recycling and reuse of water over the period of last 15 years. This has resulted in drastic reduction in water consumption. In the year 2000-01 the water consumption was 196 m3/Tn as against the effluent discharge of 180 m3/Tn. After implementation of various schemes the consumption has come down to 52.93 m3/Tn against the effluent discharge of 42.01 m3/Tn.
In addition- this treated water is being used in the demonstrative plot of sugar cane.
Presently about 3000 m3/d of treated effluent is being utilized.
The Company has also implemented zero discharge scheme by using 100% treated effluent for irrigation in nearby areas. Treated effluent for utilization in agricultural crops and plantations of farmers in the vicinity has changed the scenario and has improved the condition of poor farmers who couldn't afford their own irrigation sources, and were fully dependent on the erratic rain pattern. Prior to this- crops worth millions had failed on many occasions.