Pakistan is among the countries which are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Nestlé Pakistan is cognizant of this challenge and is proud to have finalized its 2025 Sustainability Roadmap. This will help us reduce our carbon emissions by 20% by 2025, in line with our commitment to become a net zero company by 2050.
As part of the roadmap, Nestlé Pakistan supported farmers in replacing low-yield cows with high yield varieties, which helped us reduce carbon emissions in our milk value chain. During 2021, Nestlé contributed to the installation of solar energy systems at 10 dairy farms to encourage farmers to switch to renewable energy. We also helped with the installation of 10 biogas digesters, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions resulting from cow dung. Carbon sequestration is an important element of our net zero journey, for which we donated 60,000 moringa plants to farmers. These will serve as ‘carbon sink’ and will also be a source of high quality nutrition for cows. To further strengthen our actions, Nestlé Pakistan has signed an understanding with the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad to conduct various studies on regenerative agriculture practices.
Sustainability is an agenda close to our heart and water regeneration is something that we have been working on for years. Nestlé, together with its partners, has developed a low-cost soil moisture sensor that helps farmers to decide when or when not to irrigate their crops. Our initial field estimates showed considerable water saving in irrigation with yield improvement. We are now in the phase of scaling up this initiative. During 2021, we were able to install 107 soil moisture sensors at various locations, which are helping farmers save water at the farm level.
Nestlé Pakistan also continued its support to farmers in drip irrigation. During 2021, Nestlé Pakistan helped install drip irrigation at a 42-acre farm located in north Punjab, which is co-owned by three sisters. This women-led initiative is expected to serve as a light-house farm for women empowerment.
Our team is also working with farmers in the heavenly valleys of Gilgit Baltistan for fruit sourcing. During 2021, Nestlé Pakistan sourced high quality apples from Hunza, Nagar, and Ghizer valleys, areas where fruit trees are nourished with water from glaciers. The initiative is helping farmers in reducing fruit waste, hence converting waste to value for farmers.
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