Date Palm workshop in Dubai

October 15, 2011 at 7:55 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Participants in the workshop, second row, in the middle, H.E. Dr Mariam Al Shinasi, Dr Muhammad Al Abid, Khalid Al Shamaa and Dr Murari Singh. On the left side of H.E. are the coordinators: Eng. Mansour Ibrahim and Eng. Rashed Burshaid

The Sustainable Date Palm Production Systems Project supported by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is a joint undertaking between ICARDA and the GCC countries. It aims to promote sustainable development of the date palm industry through improving cultivar productivity, managing natural resources, utilizing different inputs in the cropping process, and studying the genetic diversity of date palm. The transfer of technologies and experiences between the partners is an integral part of the project.

To highlight the significance of this crop, identify the challenges facing its production, and discuss the research results and findings of the project, the Ministry of Environment and Water in Dubai held a workshop on the Date Palm Projects Experiments Data Analysis on October 2, 2011.

In his inaugural address, H.E. Sultan Alwan, Assistant Undersecretary for External Audit at the Ministry of Environment and Water in Dubai, reviewed the research activities of the project, and discussed the application of the latest statistical programs and the use of modern technologies, as well as the scientific experiments designed under the supervision of Dr Murari Singh and Mr. Khaled El Sham’aa of ICARDA. Dr Mohammad Al Abid, Date Palm Project Regional Coordinator, also participated in the coordination of the workshop.

In the closing ceremony, H.E Dr. Mariam Hasan Al Shenasi, Undersecretary of Ministry of Environment & Water, United Arab Emirates, expressed her appreciation of ICARDA’s role in promoting the research capacities of the national researchers involved in the project.

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