LAHORE: In a bid to spotlight the significance of water, its preservation, and sustainable use, the Lahore College of Administration Sciences (LUMS) and Nestlé Pakistan organized a webinar forward of World Water Day, which goes to be noticed worldwide on March 22, beneath this yr’s theme ‘Valuing Water’.
The webinar featured Punjab’s minister of irrigation and audio system from WWF-Pakistan, Hisaar Basis, and Pakistan Agricultural Analysis Council.
The webinar centered on valuing water in agrarian economies like Pakistan by encouraging a collective motion strategy to preserve and sustainably use shared water assets.
In his keynote deal with, Punjab’s Irrigation Minister Mohsin Khan Leghari pressured the urgency of placing water on the coronary heart of motion plans and coverage.
“Our government is focused on a policy, on usage and distribution of water, including irrigation, agriculture and industrial use, as there are water inefficiencies in the agriculture sector which is consuming more than 90% of the country’s water resources,” he said.
Adding to the minister’s point, the LUMS Center for Water Informatics & Technology Director Dr Abubakr Muhammad stressed the need to deploy modern technologies to farmers.
“It is important to integrate technologies, such as moisture sensors and drip irrigation, with good practices of sustainable agriculture such as mulching and raised beds. These technologies and practices must be indigenised and supported for wide adoption by supporting local industry.”
On the event, Nestlé Pakistan’s Head of Company Affairs & Sustainability Waqar Ahmad spoke in regards to the firm’s “Caring for Water (C4W)-Pakistan initiative,” and said that “Nestlé is working with a variety of companions to preserve shared water assets, together with the Punjab Agriculture Division, Sustainable Growth Coverage Institute (SDPI), PARC, WWF and LUMS, in its efforts to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Growth Objectives (SDGs).”
“Under our broad sustainability agenda and our C4W-Pakistan initiative, we have collectively installed a drip irrigation system on 152 acres of farmers in our value chain, with an annual estimated water saving of 428 million litres. We also aim to scale up our investment in low-cost smart soil moisture sensors which send regular updates to farmers about which area to irrigate and how much,” he added.
In the course of the dialogue, panellists emphasised the significance of collective motion and water stewardship to boost the capability of different companies and sectors. The dialogue consisted of feedback from different notable audio system, together with the Chairperson of Hisaar Basis Simi Kamal, Director of Local weather, Power and Water Assets Institute Dr Bashir Ahmad, CEO, WWF-Pakistan Hammad Naqi, Submit-Doctorate Fellow and Adjunct College, LUMS, Dr Fozia Parveen.
World Water Day, held on 22 March yearly since 1993, focuses on the significance of freshwater. World Water Day celebrates water and raises consciousness of the two.2 billion folks dwelling with out entry to protected water. It’s about taking motion to deal with the worldwide water disaster.