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Sawdust, stalks and nutshells – new sources of fuel

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At SABMiller India, we aim to integrate sustainable development into our daily business routines. One such practice is the use of rice husk and groundnut shells as fuel for boiler in our breweries. This year we have built a new briquette fired boiler in our brewery at Aurangabad which uses briquettes made out of sugarcane stalks, sawdust, groundnut shells and a variety of other biomass.

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Progress through Partnership – barley farmers in India

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Barley in India has traditionally only been grown as animal feed. It has therefore not been a priority crop for farmers who get yields as low as 1.1 tonne per acre and often don't get a fair deal in terms of pricing.

However at SABMiller India, we have set ourselves the goal to introduce and develop malt barley cultivation in India and to source 100% of our malting barley from local suppliers in India, rather than relying on imports within the next five years. Realising the need to improve the quality of local barley, we began our "Progress through Partnership" (Saanjhi Unnati) programme in the State of Rajasthan in 2005.

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