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PARC, Nestle Pakistan join hands to promote water saving technologies.

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) and Nestle Pakistan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote water saving smart and environment friendly technologies to conserve water resources for the development of agriculture sector the country.

Both the organizations were also agreed for making joint efforts to highlight and address the issues being faced the agriculture sector of the country in adaptation of water smart technologies to conserve the precious natural resources and develop the local agriculture sector on modern lines to benefit the farming communities.

Federal Secretary Ministry of National Food Security and Research Fazal Abbas Maken, Business Manager, Nestle-Pakistan Khurram Zia and other senior officials attended the ceremony held here to ink the agreement, a press release issued by the PARC here Thursday said.

Addressing the event Federal Secretary Ministry of National Food Security and Research said the government was determined to promote water smart irrigation technologies in collaboration with rural communities, consumers, sisters departments and civil societies.

It will be ensured that farmers could adapt the climate smart technologies and effective water resource technologies to get the fruits of greater investment made in rural development in order to mitigate and adopt the climate change challenges, he added.

In this regard, he said that a memorandum of agriculture research and technology transfer (ARTT) have already been signed between PARC and Nestle Pakistan.

The solar powered water-saving technologies have been demonstrated at PARC-National Agricultural Research Centre for capacity building of farmers, students, researchers and scientists.

The activities demonstrated at the field are atomized micro sprinkler irrigation system for intercropping in the citrus orchard, atomized bubbler irrigation system for citrus orchard, atomized drip irrigation system for pear orchard, solar pump of 20HP with 20KW and atomized soil moisture sensor, he added

Speaking on the occasion, Chairman PARC said that it was making efforts to address and develop efficient irrigation technologies for farmers.

Pakistan was facing energy shortages and solar energy harnessing was a viable option to address the conventional energy crisis and use of alternate source efficiently.

He further added that PARC was focusing on the importance of water as the 80 percent of water in Pakistan was used in agriculture. In the past, Pakistan was a country rich in water resources with its huge reservoirs, however, now water resources started declining because of climate change.

The was a dire needs to educate or extend of the wate -energy-agriculture and irrigation management systems among the stakeholders, /researchers, professional at farm levels, he added.

Solar energy system was one of the solutions to reduce the national energy consumption, he said that that Climate, Energy and Water Research Institute (CEWRI), of NARC was making efforts to develop skill and understanding of professional in its designing and management of solar pumps and efficient irrigation system.

Business Manager, Nestle-Pakistan ppreciated PARC efforts in agriculture sector and also and said that the agreement signed between Nestle Pakistan and Pakistan Agricultural Research Council would help the farming communities.

The both organizations also agreed to enhance cooperation between Nestle- Pakistan and PARC in future.
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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Apr 13, 2018
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