Promotion of Conservation Agriculture in SyriaSeptember 15, 2011 at 7:29 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Researchers and scientists working in the ACIAR/AusAID-funded Conservation Agriculture, Iraq Project are constantly striving to promote the zero tillage in Syria. In 2010, farmers in 9 different locations in Syria were provided with zero till seeders to promote this technique.
The Reporting and Planning Meeting of the ACIAR/AusAID Iraq Project, held at ICARDA on 7 Sep, 2011 reported on project-related conservation agricultureextension activities in Syria and presented the results of using zero tillage. The meeting brought together a diverse group of over 130 participants from Syria, including collaborators from the Syrian Department of Extension, the General Commission for Scientific Agricultural Research (GCSAR), and theArab Center for the Study of Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD), universities, NGOs, zero-tillseeder manufacturers, private sector agricultural institutions and farmers.
Raising farmers’ awareness of the benefits of conservation agriculture -one of the project’s main components – is expected to increase the number of farmers using zero-till seeders in Syria to more than 350, growing about 15,000 ha of crops under zero tillage in 2010-11.
Unavailability of zero-till seederswas highlighted as one of the major constraints to the adoption of conservation agriculture in Syria, which has been overcome by encouraging local industrialists to manufacture suitably adapted seeders with subsidies from the government.
The meeting encouraged manufacturers to introduce themselves and to exchange the addresses of their workshops with farmers and interested contractors.