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Senate body concerned over food security, water scarcity

Senate Standing Committee on Climate Change on Thursday expressed serious concern over the threat to food security and scarcity of water in the future from impacts of global warming. The committee was met under the chairmanship of Senator Mir Muhammad Yousaf Badini, while Senator Sitara Ayaz, Muhammad Ali Khan Saif, Nuzhat Sadiq, Saleem Zia, Samina Abid and Mushahid Hussaain Syed also attended the committee.

Pakistan eyes 2018 start for China-funded Diamer-Bhasha dam

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan expects China to fund a long-delayed Indus river mega dam project in Gilgit-Baltistan with work beginning next year, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal said in an interview.

Pakistan has been keen for years to build a cascade of mega dams along the Indus flowing down from the Himalayas, but has struggled to raise money from international institutions amid opposition from its nuclear-armed neighbor India.

Water ATM machines to be installed in Punjab

In a historical collaboration between the Information Technology University Lahore and University of Colorado (US), ATM water machines will be set up all across Punjab in order to provide the locals with clean drinking water.

According to reports the whole project will cost around 374,599 US dollars. The project will be undertaken under the Pakistan United States Science and Technology Cooperation program.

Nestle Pakistan, stakeholders working on water conservation

KARACHI: Nestle Pakistan is working with agriculture experts, government and local farmers to find ways to replace flood irrigation with drip irrigation, which could lead to water conservation in the range of 40 to 60 percent.

“Since agriculture accounts for over 90 percent of fresh water consumption in Pakistan, with nearly 50 percent wasted due to poor irrigation practices, it is important we work with farmers on curtailing water wastage,” a Nestle spokesperson told newsmen during a visit of its facilities and milk supply chain in Punjab.

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