Iraq project: IPM and organic fertilizer

February 15, 2011 at 6:46 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

IFAD-funded Iraq project: encouraging results, continued national commitment, and plans for a second phase

Scientists report steady progress on an ICARDA-led initiative, Improved livelihoods of small producers in Iraq through integrated pest management and organic fertilization. Two project meetings – the 3rd Technical Planning Meeting and the Steering Committee Meeting were held at ICARDA headquarters, 6-10 February. The participants included 18 scientists and research managers from Iraq, ICARDA staff, and a representative from IFAD, which funds the project.

Partners reported encouraging results from each project component: IPM methods to control date palm pests, and identification of improved wheat genotypes resistant/tolerant to rust diseases, and chickpea genotypes resistant/tolerant to ascochyta blight and wilt diseases. Several lines are under final evaluation before being considered for official release.

Dr Mahmoud Solh, ICARDA Director General, noted the project was well focused, in terms of target production systems (date palm, wheat-legume systems) and target group (smallholder farmers). Project partners were positive about the prospects for a second phase to build on the achievements of the past three years. The technical meeting discussed results from year 2010 and developed workplans and budgets for 2011. These were subsequently approved by the Steering Committee, which also discussed a monitoring and evaluation system for the project, new fundraising efforts, and linkages with another ICARDA-led project on date palm in the Gulf countries.

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  1. great news, thank you and good luck to all of you.

    Mark
    Iraqi Dinar Revaluation


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