Conservation agriculture on television

February 11, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Lights, camera, action! This low-cost zero-till planter, developed by the ICARDA-ACIAR project, is being used by farmers in Syria and Iraq

Lights, camera, action! This low-cost zero-till planter, developed by the ICARDA-ACIAR project, is being used by farmers in Syria and Iraq

ICARDA, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and other partners are working together to promote conservation agriculture in West Asia. The program involves field trials, training programs – and now, television films. Syria’s Directorate of Extension will produce two movies for TV:
• A short technical film (3-5 minutes) targeted at local farmers. The film, explaining zero-tillage technology, will be produced in time for the coming planting season.
• A 10-15 minute film for a wider audience, on conservation agriculture and its importance for the region.
Earlier this month, a TV crew from the Directorate shot the first footage: conservation agriculture trials at Tel Hadya, an interview with ICARDA farm manager Colin Norwood, and the use of zero-till seeders by farmers in Arnaz village. The crew will also visit project sites in Hasakeh and Kamishly in northern Syria, where conservation agriculture is rapidly becoming popular. To see how the movie progresses, watch this space.

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