Regional collaboration to combat wheat rust

November 15, 2011 at 7:37 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Erbil, Iraq: wheat scientists discuss management of rust diseases

Developing a new strategy to control wheat rust was the key objective of the First Regional Wheat Rust Workshop, held in Erbil, Iraq in 17-18 October, 2011.

The workshop was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture in Iraq, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources in the Kurdistan region in cooperation with ICARDA, as part of the project funded by IFAD on ‘Integrated Pest Management and Organic Fertilization’ in Iraq.

Director General of the Organic Agriculture Center at the Ministry of Agriculture in Baghdad and the national coordinator of the ‘Integrated Pest Management and Organic Fertilization’ project Dr Hamid Hadwan gave a statement on the importance of the workshop for Iraq. Dr Nasri Haddad, ICARDA Regional Coordinator for West Asia Regional Program reiterated ICARDA commitment toward the cooperation with Iraq and the control of this menacing disease that threatens the food security of many countries in the region.

The workshop participants discussed the implications of wheat rust on wheat production in Iraq at the national, regional and global levels, and suggested an immediate to short term strategy to respond to the emergency occurrence of wheat yellow rust in 2011-12 cropping season, and another, medium to long term strategy for the future.

The recommendations of the workshop included: i) the establishment of a Rust National Committee ii) the introduction of rust control measures, iii) the establishment of a multidisciplinary surveillance and rust monitoring team at the national level, and iv) holding training courses at ICARDA in some of the aspects of disease control. The participants called for stronger collaboration at the national, regional and international levels to insure efficient control of the disease.


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