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Holistic Farming Takes Root in India

September 9, 2016 by Darren Hunter 8

Holistic living typically refers to how the mind-body-spirit connection relates to one’s health.

According to the U.S Department of Agriculture, ChooseMyPlate.gov website, eating vegetables provides many health benefits. Not surprisingly, many people have grown holistically and achieved greater wellness by eating more organic fruits and vegetables.

Good Soil is Important

An important factor for growing healthy food is the quality of the soil used by farmers must continually improve.  One company taking this seriously is DCM Shiram Limited, a one hundred and thirty-year-old business based in New Delhi, India. They work extensively with the farming community by providing extended services in the company’s agri-businesses, specifically within their sugar, fertilizer, farm solutions and seed lines.

Help for Farmers

Shriram Krishi Vikas is an integrated rural development program covering over 500 villages in India. It was initiated by DCM Shiram Limited a decade ago, and it provides help and guidance to farmers toward holistic development. The goals of the program include increasing farm productivity and the quality of produce, as well as maintaining soil health.

Farmers can visit agricultural universities where subject specialists conduct crop seminars and field days. Soil testing labs are also used to help enhance the organic carbon content of the soil and improve water management. The Shriram Krishi Vikas Program is using the latest in technology as it helps farmers keep pace with the growing demand for organic food – all while maintaining the crucial quality of the soil.

Shriram Krishi Vikas helps farmers keep pace with demand for organic food and maintain soil quality

Technology’s Role

Advances in technology have also greatly benefited DCM Shiram Limited, according to company Executive Director and CFO, J.K. Kain. During a recent discussion at SAPPHIRE NOW, Kain stated that the company has kept pace with the dramatic technological change that has occurred over the last 20 years, pointing out that their journey with technology partner SAP began back in 1997. Kain also said that in keeping with the goal of automatically adopting the “best technology in the world,” DCM Shiram Limited recently implemented SAP S/4HANA.

SAP S/4HANA has been implemented in nine business units and across all functions. This business transformation study details how DCM Shiram Limited is now seeing customer data more clearly. Kain said that as a result, the company is on track to achieve their objectives of having faster access to real-time data, better mobility and greater simplicity. “It is so fast that users find it very convenient to use. Our employees now get the report at the click of a button rather than waiting for it. This has enabled far greater process automation across the entire organization. We believe the resulting simplicity will contribute to greater efficiency.”

DCM Shiram Limited is on track to greater simplicity with SAP S/4HANA

Holistic Made Simple

Achieving greater simplicity in business is often the result of taking a holistic approach. Through development programs like Shriram Krishi Vikas, DCM Shiram Limited is showing a way forward to a more sustainable future. Along the way, the higher-quality food that farmers in the program are producing is helping people in India achieve a healthier and more fulfilling life.

Learn more about the innovation driving DCM Shiram in this video.

This story originally appeared on SAP Business Trends.

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