Training course on crop-livestock integration

October 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Researchers from Iraq and Jordan get hands-on
training on low-cost methods to improve
animal health and husbandry

Sixteen researchers from Iraq and Jordan participated in a training course on integrated crop-livestock systems, held in Amman, 9-20 September. The course was organized jointly by ICARDA and Jordan’s National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension (NCARE) and funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency and AusAID.

The first week focused on livestock production: prevention and treatment of sheep and goat diseases, disease control and reproduction calendars, nutrition-reproduction relationships, health, nutrition and feeding techniques and other areas. Week 2 focused on different components of crop and rangeland management: cropping systems, conservation agriculture, management of crop residues, forage production, rangeland monitoring and management, and the use of water harvesting to rehabilitate degraded rangelands. The course included field visits to NCARE research stations at Khanasser and Ramtha, for hands-on training on forage production, dairy processing and quality control. Resource persons included scientists from ICARDA, NCARE and the Ecole Nationale de Médecine Vétérinaire, Tunisia.

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