The Company is one of the pioneers of CSR initiatives in the country. We take great pride in each and every one of our initiatives, giving back to the communities we operate in, creating sustainable agriculture and empowerment while uplifting the rural communities.
The main water source in Buner, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (KPK) is through the lift irrigation scheme which requires power supply, however, frequent power outages led to lack of water available for irrigation purposes. To address this issue, PTC signed an MoU with the Irrigation Department KPK, and provided 4 generators sets to support lift irrigation projects with uninterrupted irrigation water availability. Out of these, 3 generator sets were provided for tube wells to ensure water availability for irrigation. These projects cover more than 1,000 hectares of land and provide for improved water availability and thus improving the farm productivity of the region.
Starting back in 1981, the Company has successfully planted more than 75 million trees since. We have four nurseries situated in Mianwali, Swabi and two in Islamabad. These nurseries provide saplings to the general public free of cost. We have established smaller nurseries as well in Firdousabad, Faujoon, Buner and Umerzai (Shergarh). Recently we started our afforestation efforts on 642 Acres of land in Barakahu, Islamabad, together with the Ministry of Climate Change. The Barakahu nursery is already operational and we have started issuing saplings there. In 2016, we distributed 3.5 Million saplings free of cost.
In 1985, we started an initiative called Mobile Doctor Units. Through this programme, we provide free medical assistance and advice. We operate 7 mobile ambulances with doctors MDUs in in Akora Khattak, Yar Hussain, Sher Garh, Manshera, Jhelum and Mianwali. In 2016 alone, through this initiative 78,712 people were treated, bringing an average of about 215 people each day. The doctors who are with these ambulances are more than qualified and the feedback of this Program from patients has always been overwhelming.
In 2015, PTC, in partnership with the Provincial Government of KPK, started a project of providing solar kits to off-grid villages. The residents of a 300-family village, Peerano Bala, benefited from the free solar kits we provided. Before our teams visited the area, this village that is cut off from proper roads and highways, had never experienced electricity in this area. Post the implementation of this project, we visited the village in 2016 and found out that these solar panels were not just a source of electricity for these people, but a path towards success. We continue to expand this initiative in the future.
In 2016, we installed another water filtration plant in addition to our three plants, all of which are operational. According to our survey these four water filtration plants have benefitted more than 2.8 million people in 2016, bringing an average of about 7,671 people per day.
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