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Agriculture Services

Pakistan is amongst the countries that face adversities of climate change. Nestlé Pakistan is taking this challenge seriously and has been exploring opportunities to minimize the impact of climate change.

We have been promoting alternate energy sources, particularly amongst dairy farmers to provide socio-economic benefits to the farmers. Nestlé facilitated the installation of solar systems at selected dairy farms to introduce renewable energy to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and energy costs.

If not handled properly, cow dung can increase GHG emissions. However, proper treatment of cow dung through bio-digester not only provides alternate energy as biogas but also provides a good source of organic matter for the agricultural land, reducing use of synthetic fertilizers. During 2023, we helped farmers install 8 biogas digesters at various suppliers’ farms. With cost and environmental benefits, farms with solar and biogas installations are also serving as lighthouse, in their respective areas.

Nestlé, together with its partners, developed a low-cost soil moisture sensor that helps farmers decide when to irrigate their crops. Our initial field estimates have shown considerable water saving in irrigation with crop yield improvement.

Nestlé Pakistan has been supporting farmers to reduce water mismanagement with the installation of drip irrigation. In 2023, drip irrigation was operational across 128 acres in Punjab and 183 acres in Sindh. This allowed us to save over 223,223 m3 water. Smart soil sensors were operational on 548 acres, allowing water savings of over 310,000 m3 according to our estimate.

Our Agri Services team is helping farmers get better yield and improve productivity. One of our major initiatives is supporting the import of high efficiency cows. Till date, Nestlé Pakistan helped farmers import more than 8,500 cows, which helped in reducing GHG, increasing productivity and improving the incomes of local farmers.

Nestlé is committed towards a net zero carbon journey. To further bring efficiencies in the farm ecosystems, we have also developed local machine solutions such as Total Mixed Ration (TMR) wagon and manure dewatering machine.

While we continue to source fruit from Punjab, we are now working closely with farmers from Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan to source high quality fruit including apples, peaches and red grapes. These initiatives are not only helping to improve the income of local farmers but also helping the country in saving precious foreign exchange.

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