Balochistan govt, Russian company join hands to end drought through cloud seeding

Published: May 22, 2018
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QUETTA: In a bid to overcome drought in some districts of the province, Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo has given the go-ahead to cloud seeding or artificial rain.

The decision was taken during a meeting with a delegation of a Russian-based firm Climate Global Control Trading Company (CGCTC), headed by its CEO Maxim Lavrov, in Quetta on Monday.
The Russian climate change experts briefed the Balochistan chief minister regarding cloud seeding, a practice successfully used in drought-hit regions of the world.

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The company has been granted approval for initial experiment in Gwadar’s Sanor and Akra Kor dams.
Recently, during a meeting with the chief minister, the Russian company had displayed keen interest in discovering water reservoirs in Balochistan and had requested Bizenjo to allow them to use modern technology to end the drought. The chief minister applauded the idea of the CGCTC about artificial rain in Balochistan and allowed them to proceed with the process.
“Balochistan has been badly hit by drought for the past many years as majority parts of the province are deprived of rain, pushing the agriculture and livestock sectors to the edge of destruction,” CM Bizenjo told the Russian delegation.

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He said, “Artificial rain will help end drought in Balochistan and also boost water storage for the agriculture sector.”
Showing interest in Balochistan fisheries along the coastal belt, CEO Lavrov apprised the CM that their company had experts, who could upgrade the fisheries sector.
“The company can equip local fishermen with modern boats and enhance their skills of fishing with full safety,” the CEO added.
The Balochistan chief minister welcomed CGCTC’s interest in the fisheries sector and said, “The provincial government seeks to fully equip the fishermen in Gwadar, Ormara, Jewni and other areas along the coastal belt with modern technology.”

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