District Governor - Rtn. Manjoo Phadke
Editor - Rtn. Madhur Dolare

Empowering Retired Soldiers and Farmers Through Agripreneurship: A Transformative Initiative by Rotary Club Pune Camp Back

In a remarkable effort to celebrate Army Flag Day on December 7, 2023, the Rotary Club of Pune Camp organized a one-day Agriprenuership development training and Agri processing Units visit for disabled soldiers of the Indian Army in Karandi Village, Taluka Shirur. This initiative recognizes the honor of disability for soldiers who sustained injuries during duty, including conflicts like the Bangladesh War and the Kargil War, or while participating in terrorist search operations in Kashmir.

These soldiers, set to retire in the next 2-3 years, face physical limitations in performing traditional duties. Observing that many of them hail from agricultural backgrounds, the Rotary Club of Pune Camp took the initiative to empower these soldiers by providing skill development in Agri processing. The support extends for three years, covering marketing, quality improvement, branding, and even includes online platforms for their Agri business.

Not only does this initiative empower the soldiers, but it also equips them to create employment opportunities in their native rural areas. The collaboration with organizations such as Queens Mary Technical Institute, BAiF Development Research and Foundation, and Rotary Community Corps enhances the project's impact. The total participation of 25 soldiers and 25 farmers, along with a project cost of Rs. 100,000, signifies the commitment of Rotary Club Pune Camp and its partners to uplifting rural lives through sustainable Agripreneurship.