PESHAWAR (Khyber Mail) – The Serena Hotel Peshawar witnessed a landmark event as stakeholders gathered for the inauguration of the “Community-Based Drone Project for Climate Resilient Agriculture” This pioneering initiative, aimed at tackling climate change impacts in flood-prone Village Councils of Nowshera district, marks a significant step towards sustainable agricultural practices.

The inauguration ceremony was graced by Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, Minister for Agriculture Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, who ceremonially launched the project amidst applause and optimism. Mr. Wolfgang Hesse, Cluster Coordinator of the German International Cooperation (GIZ) Pakistan, added international acclaim to the occasion with his presence and insightful contributions.

A diverse array of stakeholders, including the Additional Secretary of Agriculture, officials from the District Agriculture Extension Department, representatives from Planning and Development, Civil Society organizations, community leaders, and CEOs from consortium organizations, attended the event. Their presence underscored the collaborative effort driving the project’s mission.

The ceremony commenced with a warm welcome from Mr. Mirza Moqeem Baig, CEO of Rural Aid Pakistan, who expressed gratitude to all the guests for their presence and support.

Mr. Ch Sajjad Ali, CEO of MS Worldwide, delivered a comprehensive overview of the project’s objectives, implementation strategy, and anticipated impacts during his address. Mr. Wolfgang Hesse, in his keynote speech, reaffirmed GIZ’s commitment to promoting sustainable agricultural practices and bolstering resilience in vulnerable communities through innovative solutions.

The Regional Manager of Mobilink elaborated on the financial frameworks supporting the project’s implementation, emphasizing long-term sustainability and scalability. Minister Muhammad Sajjad articulated a vision for widespread adoption of drone technology across flood-prone districts, underscoring its potential to mitigate climate change effects and transform agricultural productivity.

A dynamic question and answer session provided a platform for interactive dialogue, enabling attendees to deepen their understanding of the project’s intricacies and strategic alignment.

In essence, the “Community-Based Drone Project for Climate Resilient Agriculture” epitomizes collaborative innovation in confronting climate challenges. By harnessing the capabilities of drone technology, this initiative aims to revolutionize agricultural resilience, elevate crop yields, and empower vulnerable communities in Nowshera district and beyond.

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