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Mr. D S Ravindra Raju, Whole-Time Director of Paradeep Phosphates Limited became the Chairman of CII-Odisha.

Mr. D S Ravindra Raju, Whole-Time Director of PPL became the Chairman of CII-Odisha for the year 2015-16. He will take over the charge from his predecessor Mr. Anshuman Das, CMD Nalco. This was announced in the State Council Meeting of CII Odisha at Bhubaneswar on 7th March ’15. Mr Raju has earlier served as the panel convenor of Agriculture panel of CII Odisha State.

Mr. Saroj Poddar, Chairman, PPL, (Adventz Group) presents State of Art Mobile Soil Testing Lab to Govt. of Nepal, in presence of Hon’ble Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi.

Marking a milestone in the country’s growing ties with neighbour Nepal, Mr. Saroj Kumar Poddar, Chairman, PPL (Adventz Group), today handed over, in the presence of the visiting Indian Prime Minister, the Hon’ble Mr. Narendra Modi, a state of the art Mobile Soil Testing Lab, from group company Paradeep Phosphates Limited (PPL), to the Department of Agriculture, Government of Nepal.

Mr. Poddar handed over the keys to Mr. Jaya Mukundan Khanal, Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of Nepal, at a glittering function in Kathmandu this evening. Mr. Poddar was accompanied by Mr. D S Ravindra Raju, Whole-Time Director of PPL and Mr. Sunil Gupta, Vice President (Marketing), PPL.

The van is equipped with specialized instrumentation like spectrophotometer, colorimeter, flame photometer, pH meter, centrifuge, electro conductivity meter, electronic balance, reciprocating shaker and hot plate for facilitating an array of tests to determine soil quality and to offer recommendations to Nepalese farmers on balanced fertilizer use for specific soil types and crops.

PPL’s business ties with Nepal are over a decade old. The export of DAP and complex fertilizers started in 2004. Govt. of Nepal expressed keen interest in getting to know more of PPL’s farmer advisory and outreach services. An eight member Nepalese delegation lead by Mr. Uttam Kumar Bhattarai, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of Nepal visited PPL’s facilities in Odisha recently (in March 2014), to study the promotional activities undertaken by PPL. They visited demonstration fields, attended sessions at the Farmer Training School, and gained first hand experience on the functioning and operations of Mobile Soil Testing Vans. Responding to their keen interest for knowledge transfer and collaboration, PPL committed to sharing its domain expertise with Nepal for capacity building of farmers and helping improve agricultural practices in their country.

Paradeep Phosphates Limited (incorporated in 1981), a part of the Adventz Group is amongst the largest producers of fertilizers in Asia. It is engaged in production and marketing of DAP and complex fertilizers. The Company was commissioned as a joint venture between the Government of India and Republic of Nauru but subsequently it became a wholly-owned Government of India Enterprise. On 28th February, 2002 Government of India divested its 80.45% stake in favour of Zuari Maroc Phosphates Limited (ZMPL), a joint venture of Zuari Agro Chemicals Limited (now a part of Adventz group) and OCP Morocco S.A.

Apart from manufacturing and trading of fertilizers and other agricultural inputs, PPL is also intensively engaged in promoting modern and scientific agricultural practices amongst the agricultural community.

Given the work undertaken by the company, the Department of Agriculture, Government of Odisha made PPL a partner in PPP mode, in operating Mobile Soil Testing Vans under “National Project on Soil Health Fertility”. Under this project which started in 2011, PPL has been operating 6 Mobile Soil Testing Laboratories, giving on site soil health recommendations to farmers of six districts in Odisha. Looking at the successful operations of the 6 vans, Govt. of Odisha has handed over another 5 vans to PPL this year (2014).

With this new initiative in Nepal, it is hoped that knowledge sharing and technology transfer will further help the farming communities in both countries while strengthening relations between the two neighbouring countries.

Paradeep Phosphates Limited achieves 5 million Safe Man Hours

It is a matter of great pride that for the first time in the history of PPL's operations, it has achieved a very significant target of "Five Million Safe Man Hours" at their Plant Site, Paradeep, on 22 September 2014. It includes the plant as well as project related activities. The last reportable accident occurred on 1.11.2013. Here it may be noted that the previous highest accident free man hours of the plant was 4.58 million safe hours in the period 16 October '10 to 18 January '12.

It is the sincere efforts, dedication, constant and proactive approach of every individual PPL employee in creating and maintaining a safe working environment. The management is continuing with their intensive efforts for sustaining safety in all aspects at the workplace, in future.

Free distribution of fruit saplings & Phospho Gypsum by Paradeep Phosphates Limited (PPL) to Hud-Hud affected Farmers.

PPL distributed 6000 fruit saplings (Mango, Lemon, Guava and Sapota) and 6000 bags of 5 Kg Phospho-Gypsum to each of the Hud-Hud affected Farmers of Kavulavaada, Ravada, Thudem, Jammayapeta & Dibbadapalem in Bhogapuram Mandalam, Vizianagaram District of Andhra Pradesh on 24.10.2014.

The programme was held in the premises of Upper Primary School, Kavulavaada. The Dignitaries present were Shri. D S Ravindra Raju, Chief Operating Officer, PPL, Shri. Pathiwada Narayana Swamy Naidu, Hon’ble M.L.A of Nellimarla, Shri. D Suryanarayana Raju, AMC, Ex. Chairman, Shri. P Srinivasa Rao, ZPTC Member Designate and Shri. D Srinivas, Village Sarpanch.

In the inaugural address, Shri D S Ravindra Raju said that when I visited the Hud-Hud affected villages and saw the devastation took place, a thought has come to my mind that we have to do some thing to the affected farmers community. Hence, PPL decided to distribute fruit saplings as these Fruit Plants will generate income to the Farmers in a short span of time. He also requested the farmers to keep the Fruit Plants alive by maintaining as per the instructions given by our PPL officials.

Shri. Pathiwada Narayana Swamy, M.L.A has stated that this is a noble cause and appreciated the efforts of Paradeep Phosphates Limited at a time of need. Further, he said that if you farmers grow these Plants with utmost care as per guidance given by the PPL officials, these Plants will give fruits and will be enjoyed not only by you and your children also.

Other people present in the programme were also spoke on the occasion. This programme was organized by Mr. M Subba Rao, Regional Manager, PPL, Andhra Pradesh with the help of Mr. T S N Reddy, M.D.O and Mr. A Ramakrsihna, FSO, Srikakulam. Mr. Sudhi Ranjan Mishra, Manager (CC & CSR) from Corporate Communication and Mr. S R Mohan Murali, Sr. Officer (S) were also present in the programme.