Irrigation assessment workshop in Libya

May 30, 2010 at 5:17 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

H.E. Eng. Abdulmajeed Al Gaoud, Libya’s Minister of Agriculture, inaugurated the workshop in Tripoli

Libya’s Agricultural Research Center (ARC) and ICARDA jointly organized a workshop in Tripoli, 1-6 May, as part of a research program to improve irrigation practices. The workshop, inaugurated by H.E. Eng. Abdulmajeed Al Gaoud, Minister of Agriculture, brought together experts in irrigation, agronomy, economics and modeling to share information on modern irrigation technologies.

A first step in developing more efficient, economic and sustainable irrigation practices is to evaluate current practices in different parts of Libya. The objective of the workshop was therefore to assess how irrigation water is being used in different crops, farming systems and geographical regions, and from different water resources; and to develop a project workplan. Presentations by Dr Fawzi El Doumi, Project Coordinator, Dr Mohamed El Mourid, Coordinator of ICARDA’s North Africa Regional Program, Dr Theib Oweis, Director of ICARDA’s Integrated Water and Land Management Program, and other specialists from national and international organizations, set the scene for discussions on technical issues and logistics.

Libya’s ‘man-made river’ is designed to transport 3.7 million cubic meters of water per day

The workshop included a three-day field visit to the south and the east of the country, for a first-hand view of various irrigation projects and water resources – including the ‘man-made river’ that transports water from the south to the north of Libya. This was followed by two days of technical meetings, at which a range of issues were thoroughly discussed, and the project workplan agreed upon – including research questions, assessment indicators and the approaches to be used.

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