The Avashya Foundation, the CSR arm of Allcargo Group, recently organised its Annual Mango Festival as part of its Maitree initiative, which works for farmers’ sustainable livelihood and environment conservation.
The festival was organized on May 18 and 19, 2023 at Allcargo headquarters in Mumbai. This marks Allcargo’s fifth year of celebration of exquisite flavour, enticing fragrance and delectable taste of the king of fruits.
The annual Mango Festival has been instrumental in promoting sustainable growth and development in the tribal regions of Maharashtra.
Maitree, working to replenish the green cover of the planet, has so far facilitated the planting of over 850,000 fruit-bearing saplings, and aims to plant 1 million saplings by the end of this year. Maitree empowers local farmers by providing them with seedlings of mango, guava, cashew, lemon and teak. The planting drive has led to significant improvement in productivity and living standards of the farmers.
Dr Nilratan Shende, CSR Head at Allcargo Group, said, "Through Maitree we have been able to touch the lives of over 90,000 people, providing them with not just sustainable livelihoods but also a sense of empowerment and self-reliance. Seeing our farmers prosper and the environment flourish -- that's the true success of Maitree. And the Mango Festival is a celebration of this spirit of growth and resilience".
The Mango Festival is testament to the initiative’s success, celebrating the bountiful produce of their sustainable farming. It provides a platform for over 18,000 farmers to showcase and sell their produce, encouraging a thriving farming community, emphasised a release.