Throughout history, farmers have harnessed the power of the sun to grow crops and feed for livestock. At Minha Farms, we are also looking at the sun, only this time to provide solar energy to power up our dairy business. This is part of our sustainable farming approach, in which we aim to that protect the environment, create employment, support the local community and harness animal welfare.
We have taken an innovative approach to power our farm with solar photovoltaics (PV) panels. By commencing a first-of-its-kind solar project in Pakistan to produce on-site renewable energy, we tapped into the expertise of our Dubai-based sister-company, Flexiway Solar Solutions. We are currently in the testing phase and the first results of the already operational PV panels are very promising.
By switching to solar power we minimise the harmful impact of fossil fuel-based power. We reduce greenhouse gas (CO2) emission and this is how we help save the environment from the dangerous effects of global warming. At the same time, we are no longer dependent on utility supply and the volatility of energy costs. Our aim is to be fully energy-neutral and generate 100% of the power required to manage Minha Farms, using the latest solar innovations.
We strive to lead by example and inspire other agri-businesses to convert to solar power, actively implementing our strong corporate social responsibility (CSR) agenda. Sustainability is a key element in our overarching CSR strategy, which focusses traditionally on people, planet and profit. At Minha Farms, we would like to include animals as well!
Minha Farms is part of NRS International, a multinational cooperation with headquarters in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates. NRS International is a family-run company, employing 7000 staff members and is proud to have its own charitable arm, the Bilqees Sarwar Foundation (BSF). This foundation is a registered in Lahore and aims to provide public health and education support to the community. BSF is managing a state-of-the-art local hospital, offering free health care to the underprivileged community in Lahore, treating 4000 patients per month. Click here to find out more.