Conservation agriculture

October 17, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Conservation agriculture in Central Asia: demonstration of the new low-cost zero-till seeders

Building on very successful work in West Asia, ICARDA and its partners are now scaling out conservation agriculture methods in other regions. Two new AusAID-ACIAR funded projects target Iraq (already operational) and North Africa (research planning completed, operations to begin next month). Another initiative targets Central Asia. Specially designed low-cost zero-till seeders have been distributed in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, and will be available to farmers this planting season.

Iran’s ministry of agriculture has sought ICARDA’s technical support for a new 5-year government-funded project aiming to scale out conservation agriculture over 2 million hectares of rainfed drylands. Implementation will begin in 2013.

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