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Allcargo Group commemorates a decade of Maitree initiative and aims to plant 5 million saplings by 2030

9 July 2024:  Allcargo Group, an Indian-born global logistics conglomerate celebrating 30 years of excellence, has set a target to plant 5 million saplings by 2030 by actively engaging with more than 100,000 farmers as a part of its Maitree initiative run by the Group’s CSR arm, Avashya Foundation. The tree plantation drive is inspired by the vision of the Group Founder and chairman, Mr. Shashi Kiran Shetty, to make a larger impact on the environment and livelihood. Maitree is expected to impact the lives of 500,000 beneficiaries in Maharashtra. 

Under the Maitree initiative, Allcargo Group has planted over 1 million trees by 2023 and is pursuing a goal of planting 3 million trees by 2027 and 5 million by 2030. The tree plantation is being carried out in Khalapur, Karjat, Jawhar, Mokhada, Vada, and Dahanu Uran, blocks in Palghar and Raigad, Maharashtra. The employees of Allcargo Group have joined hands as volunteers to plant trees under this initiative. Commenting on the initiative, Dr. Nilratan Shende, Head – CSR at Allcargo Group, said, “Since its inception in 2014, Maitree has aimed to bring about tangible change in the environment and for the local communities. Maitree, with its dual focus on income generation and environmental sustainability, has significantly contributed to the economic well-being of the farmers. We are pleased to see the positive impact of Maitree on the people where the tree-plantation drive has been carried out. Guided by the vision of the Chairman, we are working towards community engagement on a much greater scale to spread the benefit of Maitree to a larger population.”

Under the Maitree initiative, the farmers cultivate mango, custard apple, moringa, guava, sapota, cashew, jackfruit, jamun, tamarind, lemon, tick, and bamboo, thus contributing to both ecological diversity and economic sustainability. Apart from offering fruit-bearing saplings, Allcargo Group is providing the required resources to farmers for the maintenance of these trees.

Allcargo Group has so far supported over 20,000 farmers in the Palghar and Raigad districts of Maharashtra and touched the lives of many. The Maitree initiative offers local livelihood opportunities, reduces forced migration, alters migration patterns, allows children to enroll in schools improves attendance, and enhances access to the Public Distribution System (PDS) and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment

Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) entitlements for farmers, instill confidence in farmers through income generated from the harvested fruits and promote small-scale farmers by providing targeted platforms for selling their goods. Maitree initiative is part of Allcargo Group’s ESG journey and long-standing vision. 

The Maitree Initiative’s impact extends beyond the immediate communities, contributing significantly to the local environment by offsetting 32,258 tons of carbon dioxide by the 1 million planted trees, conserving 40 crore liters of water, preserving soil erosion, promoting biodiversity, and fostering a healthier and more resilient ecosystem, as reported in Allcargo’s ESG report 2022–23.

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