Sep 18, 2012, updated September 2012
Nestlé is currently working with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) to identify key areas where local initiatives for better water management in agriculture could be developed. These include a six-month pilot project to study the water footprint of milk and other local crops in Punjab, India.
Largely due to local over-exploitation by agriculture, industry and domestic use, the local water table is dropping by up to a metre a year and could affect the supply of milk in our Moga milk district, from which we buy 1.25 million litres a day from 100 000 farmers.
Measures already in place include the recent Punjab Preservation of Subsoil Water Act, which promotes water conservation by delaying rice paddy transplantation, changing crop rotation patterns and encouraging less water-intensive crop species.
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